Daily D – Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (NIV)
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (MSG)
Do you Rest from Your Work, or Work from Your Rest?
Do you rest from your work? Or, do you work from your rest? If work continually makes you stressed, you need to work with Jesus and get your rest.
My Apple Watch greeted me with the happy news this morning. I have met my sleep goal three out of the last four days. It’s amazing how much smarter and more capable I am when working from a place of rest rather than resting from my work. Better work tomorrow begins with better sleep tonight.
A man who leads a team of eighty remote workers and whose product is used by millions of people around the world focuses as much on rest as on work. Before he and his bride had children, this meant going to bed on time and getting up on time. Now with two small children, this means getting a nap as often as necessary.
Do Less but Better
Elite musicians and athletes alike get more rest than the average guy or gal. Do a quick internet search for “necessity of rest” and spend a little time on this holiday pondering the benefits of sleep. It is possible for you to make a fifty percent improvement in your physical, intellectual, and emotional capacities by Christmas if you get enough rest as a rule rather than as a special occasion.
Whose idea was it to rest more and to do less but better? Take a look at Genesis 1 and notice how each day begins with rest, not work. “There was evening and morning, the first day, . . .” Listen to Jesus in the verses above.
Less but better is the optimum way. Les McKeowyn’s books Essentialism and Effortless provide wise guidance.
Tomorrow is a busy day of meetings and travel followed by more meetings and travel. The hotel is set in a quiet area. Even so, I am taking earplugs. The hotel may be quiet, but my neighbors may not.
* How are you planning for more than adequate rest this week?
* What will you do differently day by day?
* How will you do less but better?
I will work the Jesus way.
Our Father, teach us to rest. Bless us with unforced rhythms of grace at home, at work, and at play. Empower us to do less but better. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.