Day 28 of 31
Rest vs. Idle
God's timing is always perfect and I love that today fell on a Sunday. A day that most desire to treat as a "recharge" day. To attend church. Eat a hefty lunch together. Relax on the couch. Some even use this day to refuel/restock for the following week with groceries or meal prep.
Personally, being a Pastor's wife, Sunday's are a bit busy. My husband leaves around 7am and returns around 1pm to eat lunch with the family. We have a low-key afternoon (while trying to keep kiddos entertained) then head back to church for our young married small group class.
As we dig through the Bible, we find God's example of REST. And how he displays the pattern to work six days a week and rest one ("work" doesn't necessarily mean your job, it simply means be diligent in your life responsibilities. You job. Your home. Your activities outside the home.). Then on that seventh day (the Sabbath), reserve that day to give proper praise to our Creator.
It's not being lazy. I know us women have 100 unchecked on our to-do list. But if we are striving to walk in obedience the other six days of the week, He will lead us to be productive and effective during the days/hours designated.
"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the
seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God."
Are you a good "rester"? Do you feel guilty for resting?
Or on the other hand, do you "rest" too much and have become idle? Do you show signs of laziness because you are not being responsible with the time and talents you've been given?
This is a personal evaluation. Are you doing what you need to be doing the six days of the week s o that you can rest and worship on the seventh day?
But Laura, I serve on Sunday's at my church and it's not exactly "restful" ?
Touche. I love what Michelle points out on page 229. She said, "ministry overflow from His strength in us, not our own supply. Therefore, if we are truly abiding in Him, we will never be too exhausted to do God's work."
Oswald Chambers said it this way, "It it impossible to get exhausted in work for God. We get exhausted because we try to do God's work in our own way."
As we wrap up day 28, I want you to spend some time in the #P31Practice section as we evaluate our personal definitions of success. We need not be fearful that we'd be LESS successful if we gave God 1/7 of our time.
Coming from a recovering workaholic, this resonates strongly with me.
I prayed for you this morning. Poured out my heart in my journal and I trust that God is working in your life. So listen up!
Comment below and tell me if you are giving God 1/7 of your time!