on the seventh day, he rested from all his work….Genesis 2:2
Today I woke up tired. My body is still trying to recover from the early wake-up call yesterday and the quick morning of travel dashing throughout airports, sitting on planes and engaging in a long day of work.
I have lived many seasons running at high speed, feeling the weight and tension of needing to do more to be acceptable. I have put undue pressure on myself believing that others expected such a thing of me. This has caused me to put myself in places of striving, away from the peace of God.
There is no minister who can do much for God if they are not practicing proper rest. Even God Himself rested on the 7th day from all His labor. Why then do we feel the tension to constantly be doing more?
Barbara Bush passed away this week, she was quoted as saying, ““At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.”
Could it be that we have strayed so far from rest that we have starved ourselves of one of the most fundamental needs of life- to live in deep relationships with others? In all our striving to become something, we forget that our most precious moments are not found in what we’re doing, but who we’re becoming, and who we are investing in.
As I contemplate moving from a place I have lived most of my life and where some of my extended family resides I am not overcome with grief over wishing I would have spent my time doing more, being busier and doing more ministry. I am saddened because I desperately want more time with loved ones. The bonds of friendship, the relationships with family, all of them are so precious, but I didn’t always prioritize them as such. I found myself busy, running about from this place to that.
Our busyness is killing our relationships. The time we spend with our children is not best spent as their chauffeur taking them from this event to that. Time spent with our spouses is not best spent staring at our phones while we dine at a restaurant. We have forgotten how to rest because we feel a need to always be connected. The problem is, we’re connecting to things and not people. We’re creating spaces in our lives that lead us away from rest and into an overly busy life.
Those closest to us will not remember us for what we did but instead will remember us for who we were. How did we treat people? How did we love others? What about our time? How did we invest it? If we build something great for ourselves, who did we have to leave out to get there?
Our time is precious. It is rest that God requires of us. When we rest, we find satisfaction in Him. We find joy in being fully present with others, for God’s great glory.
Oh Lord, I am so distracted by busyness. Sometimes I am not present with others, because I would rather be doing my projects or waste time looking at my phone. Lord, I want to practice Sabbath. I want to love others like you would. Forgive me, I am selfish with my time. Make me more like you, in Jesus name, Amen.