Working and resting
September 30, 2012, 12:47 pm
Filed under: Behavior, Brain, Mind, Spirit, Writing

There is great pressure to fill the days, the hours, the minutes with productivity and self-gratifying projects, tasks and errands.

Is it just me that thinks this is insanity? No way to live – constantly. Can’t be.

Driving home from work this week, I listened to a radio broadcast of how the western world was “busier,” but somehow less fulfilled, less happy. More stressed. This is “the busy trap” of our culture. And we don’t necessarily want to be this way, yet somehow we promote the trap socially within our own circles of family, friends and coworkers.

When do we rest?

Even Church – a place of sanctuary and fellowship – has often turned into another trap of busy, productivity  – where more time is budgeted to serve, volunteer, head a committee or bake than it is spent in loving others and finding a place of rest.

We know that in the Bible work is more frequently honored and written about than idleness, laziness and resting.

Proverbs 14:23
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

We are encouraged to work and discouraged from “eating the bread of idleness.”

2 Thessalonians 3:6
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.

What I pray for believers is a place of balance where the work/duty load does not spill over into the necessary rest for optimal health. We often equate “more” with “better” – more service, more work, more activity, more giving.

We cannot have all work and no rest.

Nor can we rest constantly, talking about God’s perfect grace and goodness while we consume and live from the sweat of someone else’s brow.



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