Thursday, October 26, 2006

Rest

If you're like me, you want times to get away from the noise. Sometimes turning off the television is enough; other times you feel the need for a change of scenery.


I love a nice, sunny view of nowhere. It lowers my stress level. The picture I've chosen for this entry into Fetter Lane is the kind of ambiance I like to experience. I just feel better.

Every human needs to get away from the grind on occasionally. Consider these verses:

"The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, 'Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.' For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves." (Mark 6.30-32 ESV)

Busy workers are prone to exhaustion. With stress and weariness can come frustration and depression. We must acknowledge that Christian workers aren't exempt from the frailties of the flesh.

It's not sinful to need to rest; it's not unspiritual to relax. In fact, if a Christian worker doesn't take it easy on a regular basis he will be less effective for the Kingdom of God.

Anyone who examines Paul's life knows that a Christian can have enough on his plate. Sometimes he has to push away from the table and go take a nap.