That's why we are doing a series called "Stop." Stopping is a lost art these days. How can you take a break? It seems like we only stop for a day or two when we have a good snow.
We were actually designed to take regular breaks. God made us that way. He even gives us one day out of seven to let go and remember that he's in charge. No one can live without rest. Life has natural rhythms. We function better when we work with those patterns.
Jesus tells us that we can know his rest. He even promises to rest us, if we will come to him. (Matthew 11:28) Think of a basketball or soccer coach. Why does he pull players out of the game and sit them on the bench?
- For an attitude adjustment
- For strategy instruction
- To deal with an injury
- To rest and prepare for a big moment
- To remind the player to listen to the coach
- To remind the player to be a team player
- To give another player time to lead
But is life without a break really life? Life with no rest fills us with all the shallow things. It leaves us wanting more value, more meaning, more depth. We only get that when we take a step back.
Wouldn't life be great if you knew that you were never more than 6 days away from laying down every burden? That cadence of rest gives you the drive and the depth you need for real living.
And what is life without real living?
Let's Stop. Join us for the last two messages in this series.
January 28: Stop and Receive
February 4: Stop and Give