Rest and Refresh

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“This is the rest wherewith you may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.” Isaiah 28:12

There are some employees who choose to work through their break time. For reasons of their own, they refuse the 30 minutes or one hour time away from their work environment. I have worked for companies and on many occasions I have not taken any breaks whatsoever. My reason was there was simply too much work for me to complete. It wasn’t that I wanted to appear to be a hard-worker and earn points with my employer. Nor was it out of discomfort with the office setting. I simply wanted to rest after I was done with my projects. But I realized the work was endless and the assignments kept coming. When I finished one project, two more were added. It was when I realized that the work is never done that I began to step away and refresh myself.

The same applies to our spiritual life in God’s Kingdom. The work of saving souls, encouraging hearts, ministering to the needs of others, teaching the Word, praying for others, volunteering in church, etc. is an ongoing assignment. Until the day we leave this earth, we are to give ourselves completely to what God has put in our hearts to do, but not at the sacrifice of our physical health. This temple made of dust needs to be refreshed often.

If employees work better when they take a little time away from their work. If they come back refreshed and ready to start again, a little time away to recharge yourself will do you plenty of good. Whether for one day, one week, or one month, take some time to rest. Refresh your soul. Refocus your mind, and be reminded of why you are doing what you’re doing for the Lord.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for speaking directly to my heart. Help me to pay attention to the signals that my body gives me and rest. As I obey you, refresh me. Refocus me. Remind me of why I’m doing what I’m doing by Your grace. In Jesus’ name.

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