The Journey continues…
Many years ago, “Tony” accepted salvation and committed to worship Jesus wholeheartedly. And so, he created a plan to divide his time as follows: 40% to his full-time career, 20% to church-related activities, 20% to immediate and extended family, and 20% to be used for personal development, personal time with Jesus, and other activities. Wow! Is this plan realistic? Could a superman or superwoman execute this plan?
We live in a world where busyness has become the norm. One reason is attributed to the idea that a busy person has desired qualities such as ambition and competence. Even though research has indicated that busyness is associated with lower job performance. Studies have further shown that a busy lifestyle weakens health, and is linked to negative emotions, and fatigue. Nevertheless, many people’s schedules are full to their own detriment.
The sad truth to having a busy lifestyle is that there will never be enough time in the day to complete all the important activities effectively. Hence, people work overtime to compensate, which means that the time needed for rest is greatly reduced. To add fuel to fire, some of us have convinced ourselves that drinking caffeine yields similar results to having adequate rest, therefore, we get insufficient rest and drink several cups of coffee. This practice is not beneficial to our health. There is no substitute for rest.
Is Jesus pleased with your busy lifestyle?
A study of the Bible revealed that Jesus rested on several occasions, two instances are, He was sleeping when a storm arose (Luke 8:22-25) and He went up on a mountainside to pray by himself (Matthew 14:23). This is one of the reasons why Jesus’s earthly ministry was so powerful. He understood the importance of rest which includes increased energy, alertness, and focus. As a result, rest was an essential part of His daily routine. Our Heavenly Father also rested after He created the universe.
Jesus desires that we embrace the significance of rest. He is pleased when we include rest in our daily schedule. It is an indicator that we respect Him, ourselves, and His image in us. Moreover, we are better equipped to accomplish our divine purpose.
My Soul Finds Rest in The Lord
Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;
heal me, Lord, for my bones are weak.
My soul is in deep turmoil, my mind
All night long, I toss and turn in my bed.
Rescue me, Oh Lord!
I will meditate on your Word, Oh Mighty
And find peace for my weary soul.
I will rest my head on your chest and
enjoy the comfort of your love.
Oh Lord, my strength and redeemer.
I will give thanks to the Lord for His
I will sing praises to His name, forever.
How majestic is your name in all the
You have set your glory in the heavens.
When I consider your heavens, the work
of your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which you have
set in place,
You have made mankind rulers over the
things your hands have made.
Lord, how majestic is your name in all the
I will give thanks to you Lord, with all of
I will tell of your excellent deeds,
Until my soul finds rest in you.
I will sing the praises of your name, Oh, Most
In the quietness of your presence, I will be
still and know that you are God,
Oh! Yes, you are God and God alone,
And my soul finds rest in you.
Adapted from the Book of Psalms.