Physical exertion is vital to the success of any athlete. However, allowing the body to rest is of equal importance. When we exercise, our muscle tissue is torn and our energy is depleted. The human body needs the time between workouts to repair and strengthen itself. For this reason, many athletes build recovery time into their physical regimen. In fact, pushing yourself too hard can be detrimental to your physical health.
Much like athletes, accomplished artists and musicians fall into a daily routine of intense practice and periods of recuperation. The truth is that while hard work is definitely a fundamental element of achievement, it is also imperative that we give ourselves regular breaks. Study after study regarding the habits of office workers, the benefits of vacation, the importance of meditation, and the advantages of spending time outdoors have all revealed that many important mental processes seem to require downtime.
As the summer comes to an end and the kids return to school, many of us find ourselves falling into the pattern of being “too busy.” Work, technology, family obligations, and household chores eat up much of our time. In order to fulfill our responsibilities, we fail to take breaks. Ironically, this can actually reduce our effectiveness. When we go without rest, our productivity decreases, our ability to concentrate is impaired, and our creativity suffers.
The Bible is not silent about our need for rest. In Psalms 127:2, David wrote, “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – for He grants sleep to those He loves.” God intended rest to be a gift. When we allow ourselves to occasionally “be still,” life becomes much more enjoyable!
VantagePoint Church meets at Roosevelt High School on Sundays at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.