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Today, Fall Break comes to a close here in Oklahoma. This year, the schools are making the break a long weekend for the children. I think this format was a hit for families. The schools closed from Wednesday through Monday to allow parents to take off a couple of days and have a 4-5-day weekend to be with family. I know lots of students that are glad for the time off and parents love the elongated weekend to enjoy this fall season.
Who doesn’t love a long weekend, days off, vacations, holidays, and lazy Saturdays? God made us to be achievers, but he also built in times of rest for the renewal of our minds, souls, and bodies. Too often, we act as if we are invincible and need no rest. However, even machines that are highly productive require “maintenance” times so that they are shut down to maximize their productivity.
Rest is just as much a Biblical command as is work. Both are required for us to be all that God made us to be. This article conveys that principle clearly….
Jesus said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.. –Mark 6:31
Philip Melancthon, the great Reformation theologian, once said to his friend Martin Luther, “This day you and I will discuss the governance of the universe.” What Luther said in response was unexpected: “This day you and I will go fishing and leave the governance of the universe to God.”
Dr. M. R. De Haan, the founder of Radio Bible Class, always carried the responsibility of leadership with a conscientious seriousness of purpose. His ministry of speaking, writing, and broadcasting touched the lives of millions. Yet he also loved taking time out to “wet a line,” and he did it often enough to balance out the responsibilities of his work.
If we are going to serve Christ effectively, we need balance in our lives. We cannot go full speed in the work of the Lord for too long without rest or diversion. We must counterbalance the seriousness of our mission with good relaxation.
It’s important to be diligent in our work for the Lord. But sometimes we get so engrossed in our tasks and activities that we become exhausted and begin to lose perspective. We need to rest, as our Lord advised the disciples. We just may have to say, “Let’s go fishing!” (Copied).
Once my hands were always trying,
Trying hard to do my best;
Now my heart is sweetly trusting,
And my soul is all at rest. –Simpson
Come apart and rest awhile, or you may just plain come apart. –Havner (Our Daily Bread)