“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
~ Jesus to his overworked disciples ~
Have you ever felt guilty for taking a day off to simply sleep or read a book? Or pushed yourself to keep working or show up for a service commitment, even though you were exhausted?
A lot of wonderful people like you think that being driven to exhaustion means to be a dedicated and committed person of service and love in the world.
But even Jesus took time away from the crowds to rest, restore and renew.
Likewise He invites his disciples to come away and rest and renew:
R & R are gifts we all need.
R & R clears our minds to focus on what really matters.
R & R gives us the energy to feel compassion for others, clarify our priorities, and to see where the needs are greatest.
R & R are a type of courage in and of themselves, particularly in a world that rewards us for overworking ourselves.
Jesus did not send his disciples out for months at a time, nor did he work for weeks and weeks without a break. Jesus found times of rest in evenings with friends, take walks in the hills, or boat rides on the Galilean Sea.
After time away, Jesus and the disciples could return to the crowds and love them more fully, see them more compassionately, and care for them more generously. Such clarity of love, compassion and generosity gives us even greater courage be Christ’s hands and feet in the world. Serving as Christian disciples does mean hard work. Following Christ takes courage and stamina. Rest and renewal can give us the strength, courage and stamina for this work in the world. We would do well in our Christian lives to find a rhythm for our rest and retreat times. Not only do we need vacations to get away from our many responsibilities, we also need days off, evenings of relaxation, and hours of rest and reflection to think about the life whirling around us.
Summer can be such a wonderful time to get much needed rest and renewal—a time to recharge and find the strength and courage necessary to keep going if we are to offer our service fully to the world. So listen to the urge this summer to take a break. If you happen to be in town this summer you will find our new Summer Chapel Chats delightful, informative and restive. Check out the schedule below for something that interests you and bring a friend. Summer refreshments are provided.