A friend of mine recently did a fun run to raise money for a hospital. It was a 6 kilometre circuit that her been doing a bit of training for. But when it came to the day he still found the distance hard going. He persevered and completed the run, raising funds and awareness for a great medical facility.
That afternoon he took his son to his football game. When they turned up they were told they were still short an umpire. So my friend was handed the whistle and asked to help out.
Tracking his steps on his watch at the end of the day he realised that on top of his 6 kilometre fun run he had completed another 6 kilometres of running throughout the football game.
Needless to say he spent a decent amount of time resting and recuperating from all his physical exercise in the spa bath that night!
There are times when life can feel like a run: it’s hard work and strenuous but you’re surprised how far you can push yourself. It shows you just how much we can really do if we put our minds to it.
We can push ourselves hard but it’s also important to schedule in the recuperation time too.
When we push ourselves physically our bodies often force us to stop or rest. But when we push ourselves mentally with work or relationships we can forget to take the time to refresh ourselves so we can continue our journey.
That’s when we get burnt out.
God has created us for capacity but also built us to need rest. Let us not forget to stop running every now and again so that we are well fuelled for the rest of the journey.
Lord, thank you for building into us a large capacity to do great things with You. Remind us of the need to rest so that we can re-energise and reconnect with You to extend our journey. Amen.
When are you planning moments of rest in your week?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.