Everyone Needs to Rest

Everyone Needs to RestOkay, I’m just going to tell you how it is. This is my first week of school (There’s still one subject that I don’t start until next week, but for the most part this was my first week of school. I’m homeschooled, you know how it is.). And it started off terribly. Monday wasn’t too bad, but I still didn’t finish stuff for the day and I worked on it most of the day (though I guess that you can blame a lot of it on having to read all these introductions to things). But the next day was kind of horrible. I got a good start in the morning, but had two meltdowns because I couldn’t figure things out. I finally gave up at 10pm when I just couldn’t do it anymore. I guess it could just be because it’s the first few days of school. I’m not so sure though.

But I have learned a few things from these last few days. There seems to be two kinds of people. One kind beat themselves up over the smallest mistake (also known as me) and the other kind don’t have a single care in the world. Now there’s people who are in-between those extremes, but it’s not as common as it should be. As it needs to be.

You see? Discipline is great. Diligence is great. Working hard is really great. It really shows your dedication. It is part of the process of following God. He doesn’t want us to be lazy.

Romans 12:11

Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.

2 John 1:8

Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward.

But we also can’t overwork ourselves. We can’t work so hard that at some point, we flat out collapse. We can’t live like that. We’ll exhaust ourselves and then we can’t be what God would have us to be. And we’re called to do something great: spread the Gospel in a way that God had called us to do.

So we need to rest. As much as we’d like to think of how invincible we are and how we can handle a lot of work, we’re only human. We live in a fallen world. We are not God and we can’t accomplish everything. Resting is not the same as being lazy. Being lazy is idleness. Resting is refreshing oneself. By resting, you will be able to do more than if you had just kept going.

But you may say, “But the Bible says that with Christ the impossible is possible.” You’re right. He does say that. That is absolutely true. But why do you think that God created the world in six days and on the seventh day He rested? Do you really think that God needed rest? He is God of the universe. He is everywhere in every time (past, present, future). So do you really think that He needed rest?

No. He was setting an example for us to follow. He wanted us to set apart a day and keep it holy.

Exodus 20:11

For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.

But He also showed us how much we need to rest. That we can’t work hard forever.

So don’t wear yourself. Remember to take rests. Be dedicated and work hard, but also remember that you’re not Superman. 😉  It is seriously okay to take a break, to rest, your body needs it. Rest, and enjoy it. Refresh yourself.

-G. Paige

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14 thoughts on “Everyone Needs to Rest

  1. Grandma needed this so much this morning. It has been a long two weeks for grandma at school in the kitchen. Started out with five workers, now we have seven. We need more. But I am not a superwoman !!! I need rest, the LORD tells me that. thank you for reminding me of that . Love you so much 😘

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  2. Hey Gabs!!! 😀

    (Yes, I am on an blogging break, but your posts go straight to my email, after all, you are like one of my all time favorite bloggers! 😉
    Whatever the case, this was so good, I had to comment!!)

    I really needed this!! Girl, I so hear you about homeschooling!! I love homeschooling, but let’s face it – it can be a nightmare at times!! When I was younger I got behind, and now I’m trying to balance everything, going as fast as I can to graduate!! *wipes head in worry* I’m often overcome… );
    This really helped me, relaxed me, and reminded me it’s going to be okay! ❤

    I'm praying for you my friend, and that your work gets better!!!! We homeschoolers deal with a whole lot more than people think!! †
    *big hugs*
    Keep up the amazing work, Gabs! 😀

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    • Awww!!! You make me so happy when I read your comments! I’m one of your favorite bloggers? That’s amazing! *squeals*

      Yes, homeschooling can be really hard. Thank you for the prayers and encouragement

      As I was writing this post I thought of you and how you were taking a break. 🙂 Such a funny thing, huh?

      It is so good to hear from you! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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      • Aws, I’m so glad I could be of encouragement! 😀 I pray I can share the same inspiration I have received so many times from your blog! 😉

        Agreed!! :O You are so welcome!! (:
        Ah!! Haha, that’s is a cool coincidence!!!!! I was clearly meant to read this, no doubt!! 😀

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  3. Gah. I love this. So, so much. School has just started for me as well, and it’s difficult. Reaaally difficult. AND IT JUST MAKES ME WANT TO CRY. 😛 *calms self* But we can do the thing. Remind each other to rest, and such. It’ll be good. ❤

    // katie grace
    a writer’s faith

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    • Yes, Katie!!! I totally understand the feeling! Ack! It feels so hard sometimes. I need to remind myself of this more. So yeah, let’s make sure to remind ourselves of this often. *nods*

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