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The Necessity of Rest

The Necessity of Rest

I’m feeling a bit of performance anxiety in relation to blogging. Last week I hosted a blog carnival (which you can still link up to) and the hard work of all involved paid off quite nicely. But now I sit here while the clock is ticking, the cursor is blinking, and I’m thinking “What now? How do I keep the momentum going?”

So of course, God is talking to me a lot about rest.  And not the ‘zone out in front of the TV’ kind of rest – no, I’m reading and hearing about a rest that refreshes, renews, and helps one recharge their figurative batteries.  You’re left with extra ‘oomph’ to tackle daily chores and the like. It helps to refresh the body, quiet the mind, and refill one’s spirit. And it can be so hard to do in a culture that equates being busy with being successful/happy/fulfilled.  I’ll admit to being challenged in it, particularly as I work on my Finish Year list, continue to work more full days than not at my job, and not drop good habits along the way.

It’s so easy to get caught up in ‘to dos’ and ‘should dos’, and (if I’m not careful) ‘why didn’t I dos’. And I think that is why I seem to be hearing so much about rest lately. Because if I don’t take some time to quiet my mind, to pause in all my ‘stuff’, then I’m not going to hear from God about what to do next. I’ll get off track, possibly get lost, and probably end up in some sort of a panic. And that doesn’t benefit me, or those around me.

Here’s to taking a rest, a breather, to hitting ‘pause’ on a more regular basis. (And not stressing about the current or the next blog entry.)

Ahhhh . . .

Photo Credit: Brian Gurrola (Flickr via Creative Commons)

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