Sometimes I don't know how exhausted I really am until I sit down at night. Before long, couch-blanket draped across my legs, my eyes start to feel heavy and I miss bits and pieces of any show that my husband and I attempt to watch. You know the drill: up before dawn, get kids ready for school (we're on year-round schedule), work, work, work, prepare meals, and exercise somewhere in between there. Pass out.
There's an illusion that summertime brings with it an air of rest and beauty. That's probably true at some points, but mostly, I run into families who're worn down - from travel, family visits, extra work they've done because it's nice out - you name it. So, "Sabbath?" What's that? Can you honestly remember the last time you rested and did things that you actually enjoy for a whole 24 hours?
It sounds like heaven, so why do we refuse to slow down for the sake of our own health? For the sake of drawing closer to God? This week, an excerpt from Peter Scazzero's book, Emotionally Healthy Leader stopped me dead in my tracks:
Then Bob dropped the bombshell. "They can't stop. If they stop, they'll die. They're terrified. They're frightened to death of what they'll see inside themselves if they slow down. And you want them to immerse themselves in things like solitude, Sabbath, and silent reflection?" He chuckled again. "Do you have any idea how foreign this is...?" Something so much deeper is driving them; they just have no idea what it is...
Pete, you're inviting them into practices that might well obliterate their entire sense of self - the self that's rooted in work performance."
Work performance. I'm only as important as what I get done in a day. People only need me for what I can do for them. That's the message being spread through the fabric of our relationships with friends and families, regardless of the danger of burnout.
Work. Work. Work. Work. Work. Vacation. Work. Work. Work. Work. Work. Work. Vacation.
Do you ever feel that way?
Scazzero presses us to remember, "God's Sabbath rhythm is a reflection of the rhythm that undergirds all of creation."
Sabbath. Work. Sabbath. Work.
Is it time for you to get disciplined? To set your rhythm to God's plan for creation?
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Gen. 2:2-3
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