Earlier this week I had coffee with a good friend. We were talking about how we recover and recuperate after busy seasons in life. Some weeks I don’t have anything extra on my plate and it’s a relatively easy week. Others weeks, though, my plate is overflowing, like I’m at an all-you-can-eat buffet of busyness. After weeks like that, it’s important to find time to rest and recover.
Resting and recovering can look different for all of us. Some of us best rest my taking a nap and others need to be outside doing something. However we rest and recover, we still need to be intentional of scheduling that time and everything else that we do.
If we take the fourth commandment seriously, then we need to seriously think about how we incorporate rest and Sabbath into our weeks. For a long time I didn’t take the fourth commandment seriously and I just sort of let my weeks happen to me. If it was a busy week, then I was busy. If it wasn’t a busy week, then I wasn’t busy and I wasted a lot of time.
In both situations I wasn’t intentional about scheduling my weeks. So, when I did have some free time, I wasn’t able to really use that time to rest and relax. If I still had a long to-do list, I wasn’t able to relax because I felt guilty about not working. If I didn’t have anything to do, then I would just end up sitting around, not really choosing to do anything to connect with God. Instead of resting I was just lazy. Continue reading