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We can only run as fast as the speed of your rest!

The problem, is that most of us running at the speed of light, and find ourselves continually exhausted and unfulfilled

No one sets out to live an exhausted and unfulfilled life. However, we often choose the pace of our life unintentionally. We don’t add everything all at once, rather we say yes to lots of little things that seem great, and overtime they add up.

Further exacerbating the problem, is the constant affirmation we receive for our busyness and perceived productivity.  Friends love the extra parties we throw or nights out together.  Our spouses love the extra home project we finish. Our bosses love the additional reports and plans we develop. Our kids love the extra sport or club we get them into. Everyone admires the community service project we participate in.  We love the feeling of pseudo importance we assign ourselves when we are constantly busy. And all to often the fear of missing out causes us to add more to our lives then we can handle.

We can even find great biblical language to support our addiction to busyness (even though we often take these words to of context). “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). We so easily strive to make these words realized in our lives, often at the expense of rest.

But this isn’t the life God intended for us.  Focusing only on accomplishment and failing to take times of intentional and deliberate rest is one of the major road blocks to our effectiveness.  Being too busy to rest, is the equivalent of not filling up with gas because we don’t have time to stop driving. Eventually our engine will stop running. Or worse yet, imagine never stopping for an oil change.  Eventually our engine will seize up and never work again.

On the 7th day of creation God rested. Then He made a law that required his people to completely rest every 7th day.  Then Jesus came to fulfill the law and give us freedom.  But this didn’t mean the principle of rest was no longer necessary.  Rather, that we have the freedom to determine how it looks.

The author of Hebrews explains it this way, “So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of  God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from His works as God did from His.  Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall…” (Hebrews 4:9-11).

Not only do we need to take the time to rest, if we want to reach the full potential, we actually have to work at ensuring we rest.

Are you striving to accomplish as much as you can, burning the candle at both ends?  Or are you striving to enter the rest that God intends for you, in order to fuel the masterpiece God is creating through your life?

Are you running at the speed of light?

Or are you running at the speed of rest?

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