On Rest

Happy Official Spring, everyone! Hope everyone is doing well this week. There's not too much to report on my end!

I wanted to share a quote I've been mulling over this week from the book Garden City by John Mark Comer.

“If you don’t learn how to rest well, you will never learn how to work well. The opposite of work isn’t rest, it’s sleep. Work and rest are friends not enemies. They are bride and groom who come together to make a full, well rounded life.” 

Update on me: It's been a long and repetitive few weeks at work. I walk into my office and everything is tinted gray. Clouded, muted. Our pastor once spoke on the makings of a career, the central and the peripheral. The central is the aspect of your career you love and enjoy, the peripherals being the small, tedious tasks to help support the central. The past few 20 days have felt focused solely on the peripheral, draining my energy bit by bit. 

This isn't to say I haven't been granted time away, between a long weekend with my family and having friends from up North visit me here in Nashville. I've taken time away, but I certainly wouldn't call it rest. I'd deem it as working remotely. My body is away from the office, but my mind is still stirring and moving at 198 mph.

When I'm not working, I'm planning the next getaway. When I'm not working, I'm finding a new fitness class to attend. When I'm not working, I'm researching career development tactics. When I'm not working, I'm still working.

When do you feel at complete and total rest? What does it look like? For me, it means taking the focus off myself. Rest means sitting with an old friend and learning something new. It means going on a two-hour hike. It means a full 24 hours of zero planning. 

The bottom line? I falter under the weight of expectation, so I don't prioritize rest. I would prefer to continually move about, tricking myself into believing I'm moving forward as I run in circles. In the past couple of months, I've been stepping side to side, sometimes backtracking.

The definition of rest according to God isn't taking a break from work. His definition of rest is sitting back and enjoying your work. In Genesis 2:2, when God finish created the heavens and the earth on the seventh day, He sat back and admired all He had accomplished. He relished in His creation.

I couldn't tell you the last time I sat back and reflected on my work. Once I complete a task or project, I bury it deep in the archives. I don't allow myself time to feel proud-- it's an opportunity cost for the next accomplishment.

Silly.

This week I am committing to reflection on my work and why I believe it's important. What I have accomplished in the past few months I feel especially proud of? How does God fit into the equation? Where have I seen His faithfulness prevail in my work?

When you learn to rest well, you work well. Three cheers to making rest a necessity and not an indulgence!

xoxo

-A