Rest. What is it? When do we do it? And what does it look like? For many years we have been taught to work hard, grind, hustle, and have glorified sleeping less and working more. So when we hear the idea of rest, we usually feel it’s something unattainable. Can you relate?
But rest is crucial to a life that is thriving, healthy, and centered. If we want to make it for the long haul as leaders, we must look at the life of Jesus and follow His pace, and resist the pace of the world. This doesn’t mean we don’t work hard and do everything in excellence, that should always be our top priority, but rest should also be a daily part of our lives. It’s not something we do, it’s a lifestyle. It’s not a formula, it’s a principle.
When we look at the life of Jesus, he never seemed to be in a hurry. And I’m sure that had a lot to do with 30 or so hidden years of his life. He didn’t seem to be in a rush to “get to his calling or get the job done” He had been developing intimacy with the father that equipped him for the weight of his ministry. Even though we see Jesus had a full plate, always healing people, preaching, miracles, signs & wonders, leading mass gatherings, changing the world, he still never seemed to be in a rush.
He sat at tables.
He shared meals.
He always got away and found quiet places to be with the Father.
He walked at a different pace.
He practiced solitude.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35
Jesus, amid business, still took time to get away to a quiet place. This is essential for our souls to find rest during the times and pace we are living in.
Rest isn’t about doing nothing, it’s about doing the things that refill your tank back up. If our tank is empty, it will be hard to pour out.
If you’re feeling tired and worn out, Jesus has rest waiting for you. It’s found in Him.
If you want to read more on this topic, you can get my ebook “How A Leader Rests” here!
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