Rest, Rest, Rest

May 17 | By Phil Waldrep

I recently read a newspaper article about an Olympic runner who was speaking to a group of athletes and he said something that surprised me.


He said that one of the most important acts of training was resting.


The Olympian went on to explain that rest is essential to building our muscles.


But rest also is essential to a healthy life.


In the sixth chapter of Mark’s gospel, Jesus sent his followers to do ministry. 


According to verse thirty-one, when they returned, Jesus told them to ‘come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.’


Jesus set the pattern for his disciples by taking time away from people to rest. 


You see, Jesus understood what one of my favorite preachers often said, “if you don’t come apart, you will come apart.”


But why is it important for you to rest?


Well, rest does several things for you.


Obviously, it allows your body to replenish your energy.


I discovered early in my ministry that my best work came after I spent time resting and I also realized that I made my worst decisions when I was physically exhausted.


Rest also affects you emotionally. 


People who need rest get angry easily and are prone to be discouraged about life.


Needless to say, rest affects you mentally.


It gives you a fresh perspective.


I have a friend who is a very successful businessman. 


He researches and thinks about projects in the morning but never makes an important decision until he takes a nap in the afternoon.


He said it is amazing how a brief time of rest gives him a better perspective.


Finally, it affects you spiritually.


When you take time to rest and reflect on the goodness and greatness of God, it increases your faith.


Today, if you are tired or stressed, take time to rest.


Believe me, tomorrow you will be glad you did.


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