A few years ago I worked in Denver, about 60 miles away. I coached high school basketball near my home, was raising 5 kids, had a wife who worked into the evening sometimes and fit in trips for ministry, a cruise, and sports leagues for each child. We had very busy church activities and friend activities as well.
As we look back on those pictures, we say, holy cow, how did we fit so much into that year?
We did not rest.
Since that year I have had to learn to rest, with 4 teens, jobs, ministry, travel and more. How in the world do I do that?
Learning to rest, for me, has been a huge, huge challenge. I don't really even like resting. However, once I changed the way I rested, it began to be real for me.
We can rest, emotionally, physically, mentally and even spiritually. We can rest relationally and professionally also.
I am challenged to look at the definitions below, process what I need to do to change my mind about rest and making rest a priority. I will share some of the things we did to acquire rest and create space to be rested.