I love to work hard, and I love to play hard.
We need rhythms of work and rest, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annually.
Rest is God‘s plan to keep us from stress and burnout.
Do less and accomplish more.
I don’t understand it, but the principle is true. If I take time to rest, I will end up doing more.
We all need time to re-energize and do things that breathe life into us and change our routines.
If we take the time to do these things, we will be able to accomplish more when it's time to work.
There remains then a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for anyone who enters God’s rest also rest from their work, just as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter into that rest. Hebrews 4:9-11
Truett Cathy, who was the founder of Chick-fil-la, gave us a great example of this. He decided he was going to keep a day of rest every week. He didn’t let money and pressure make his decisions. He said, “I would like to be remembered as a man who lived by my priorities.”
We need to live by priorities, not pressure.
Having times of rest doesn’t mean that you do nothing and veg in front of the TV for a day. (I would be more tired after a day like that.)
Rest is doing things that bring you energy, changing the routine, getting in a different environment, taking a nap, playing games, learning something new, growing yourself, etc.
The Story of Two Woodcutters really brings this home.
Once upon a time, there were two woodcutters named Peter and John. They were often at loggerheads over who chopped more wood. So one day, they decided to hold a competition to determine the winner. The rules were simple—whoever produces the most wood in a day wins.
So the next day morning, both of them took up their positions in the forest and started chopping away in their fastest possible speed. This lasted for an hour before Peter suddenly stopped. When John realized that there was no chopping sound from his opponent’s side, he thought: “Ah Ha! He must be tired already!” And he continued to cut down his trees with double the pace.
A quarter of an hour passed, and John heard his opponent chopping again. So both of them carried on synchronously. John was starting to feel weary when the chopping from Peter stopped once again. Feeling motivated and smelling victory close by, John continued on, with a smile on his face.
This went on the whole day. Every hour, Peter would stop chopping for fifteen minutes while John kept going relentlessly. So when the competition ended, John was absolutely confident that he would take the triumph.
But to John’s astonishment, Peter had actually cut down more wood. How did this even happen? “How could you have chopped down more trees than me? I heard you stop working every hour for fifteen minutes!” exclaimed John.
Peter replied, “Well, it’s really simple. Every time I stopped work, while you were still chopping down trees, I was sharpening my axe.”
We had a few days of fun and rest and had a blast as a family. (check out my reel)
Now it is time to go to work and have a blast! I love what I do.
I love all that I get to do to helping people spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
I would love to help you in your next steps!
Cheering you on - Martha 🎉