Caught your attention? This is not an infomercial. I’m not trying to sell you anything. After spending a relaxing weekend out of state with relatives I realized how utterly, completely, absolutely EVERYONE needs some R&R (relaxation and recreation). (Oh how I wish I had coined that phrase!)
Here I am retired from corporate life with a second career and busier than mustard trying to ketchup (get it?). This three day weekend I slept, relaxed, laughed, hugged, cried, and ate some great food. I needed this rejuvenation, and I’m betting any one of you out there do, too.
I recently learned one of the definitions of “relax” is “to become less firm.” Therefore, relaxing my grip on my life, career, family, etc., and turning them over to God’s care is a great elixir to relax.
I drive myself so much that I become physically worn out – and really am driven instead of led. I’ve had enough of that driven stuff. This is my year of action and getting stress out of my life is going to take just that – action to relax.
God commanded us to take rest. After all, He designed us and knows what is best. “Six days you shall do your work, but the seventh day you shall rest and keep Sabbath, that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your bondwoman, and the alien, may be refreshed” (Exodus 23:12).
That means that for one day a week we are to withdraw from common labor and to rest. Don’t work that day, even in the busy seasons. Spending time apart from the world and with Him is like a holy prescription. I’m going to try it a lot this year. Will you join me?
Matthew 11:28: Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls].