I love naps! Don’t believe me. Ask anyone in my family. I am not sure why children fight naps so much because I don’t think I have ever stopped enjoying and taking naps. Some might call it lazy. I prefer to call it, preparation to be more effective.
All joking aside, starting May 1, 2015, I will be beginning a 3-month sabbatical at my church. The purpose is to rest, relax, refresh, and be renewed. I know a lot of people would love the opportunity to go on sabbatical. I greatly appreciate my church’s encouragement and plan for sabbaticals for our staff.
Why is my sabbatical important to you? I want to show you how it teaches us something that as parents, spouses, and humans we don’t usually do well. And that is rest.
So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God,
for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested
from his works as God did from his.
Let us therefore strive to enter that rest,
so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.
Hebrews 4:9-11 ESV
What is God’s Word saying here? Notice a few things. It tells us to rest just as God did from work. It also instructs us to strive to enter that rest. And that we if we don’t, we could fall into disobedience.
God knows, as our Creator, that we need rest. Our culture pushes against this from every angle. I am not advocating for a law-based Sabbath for you, but I am encouraging you to find a day to rest. We have filled our schedules with something 7 days a week including every waking moment. We need to stop. We need rest.
Notice the importance of this rest. We must strive for it and if we ignore it, we could fall.
We see this all around us. Parents, spouses, kids are exhausted because they are busy all the time. Families are in chaos because no one is willing to stop. This will mean saying no to good things. It will probably offend someone in your family, friends, workplace or teams. Rather than listen to our world, listen to the One who created you and take time to rest.
How can you strive to enter this rest?