Work, Rest, Recharge, Repeat

‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ Mark 6:31 NIV

Picture a dense forest: Lots of trees and undergrowth and birds and other creatures scurrying about. Two men walk into this forest (no, this isn’t a joke…), harvesting some of the wood for things like paper and log homes and those little blocks with the ABCs on them. To make the time pass quicker, the younger one challenges the older one to see who can chop down the most trees The older man takes a break every hour to get a drink of water, kick his feet up, and sharpen his axe. The younger one powers through, thinking he’ll come out on top. But at the end of the day, the older man chopped down forty trees, whereas the younger chopped down twenty-five. How? Because the younger one never took a break, he exhausted himself and his axe got dull because he never sharpened it. The same is true for us. If we want to succeed and do our best with what God has asked us to do, we need to go rest. That’s not us failing, or being weak, that’s how He *planned* it to be. Ever heard of a ‘sabbath’?... Jesus himself said, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest’ (Mark 6:31 NIV). Regularly, throughout the Gospels, Jesus went off to recharge His spiritual (and mental) batteries. He knew it was important to go some place quiet, and spend time with God. If we don’t rest, not only will we get worn out, we’ll only do half as much as we could if we had. What Now? If you haven’t taken the time to rest, make some time for it today. Go to a quiet place and get some soul-strengthening rest.

 Dan 11-12, 1 John 3




Alternative daily encouragement from UCB, adapted from the Word For Today.

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