This past week I was blessed by being able to attend Faith Baptist Church’s Biblical Counseling Conference. I was able to choose what track to attend and chose the Women’s Track. As anyone who has attended these trainings will tell you, you learn more about how you should be living and come away very convicted about many areas of your life. One particularly convicting session was “Women Who Are Burned Out by All Their Responsibilities”, it could also have been titled “Those Who Never Rest”.
In my life doing has always meant I have a purpose, that I am being responsible, sometimes saying yes to the point of exhaustion. However, I had missed a very important command given to God’s people...Exodus 20:8-11 says: “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy, You are to labor six days and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. You must not do any work, you, your son or daughter….For the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and everything in them in six days; then he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and declared it holy.” Yikes!!! The Lord had gifted me a day of rest, commanded it, and I was not honoring his command.
Personally, I don’t think God means that we should just lie around and eat bonbons all day (although that might fit the definition of rest), or not to lift a finger, as the Pharisees believed; but that we are to relax, recalibrate for the upcoming week, spend quality time with our families and our Heavenly Father.
The speaker of this session makes a very good point, likening our time to a bank account with just a certain amount of money to be spent. We all have 168 hours in a week, EVERYONE, and we all need to rest, to observe the Sabbath. The following is how the speaker, Jocelyn Wallace has set up her Time Account:
- 50 hours: sleep
- 50 hours: work
- 17 hours: marriage and family
- 51 hours: REST OF LIFE: household maintenance, recreation and service
= 168 hours
I loved this quote by Mark Buchanan: The rest of God…is not a reward for finishing. It’s not a bonus for work well-done. It’s sheer gift. It is a stop-work order in the midst of work that’s never complete…Sabbath is not the break we’re allotted at the tail end of completing all our tasks and chores…It’s the rest we take smack-dab in the middle of them, without apology, without guilt, and for no better reason than God told us we could.
May you have a rest this week. God bless.
Page McGaughey - I'm a former elementary/special education teacher, mother of all boys, grandmother to 7. I love books and Folgers Medium Roast coffee. I live in Darlington, IN with my husband of 34 years, Jerry.