Our culture seems to celebrate productivity above all else right now.
It’s allll about the hustle.
How much can you fit into your day?
How much can you achieve in the next hour?
Are you doing enough? Making enough money?
How much can you balance successfully?
It seems the more we juggle the more we’re patted on the back. The words ‘I don’t know how you do it all’ are music to your ears right?
Everyone seems to be bossing life and we all want to keep up. And if we pause for breath? Well, then the gap will only get bigger, the person ahead will just keep hustling on, achieving more, doing more, balancing more and we’ll be left behind.
‘Be still, and know that I am God’ Psalm 46:10
Whilst the world wants you to keep moving, God actually calls us to ‘Be still’.
But I thought God wanted me to go into the world and do a work for Him?
Well, yes. As His Church we are called to be mobile, to be active, to step out in faith and love practically.
But before we do, we have to be.
Ok, I get that sounds a bit wishy-washy but here’s what I’m trying to say:
Before we can go on mission and embrace the calling over our lives, we have to learn to sit with God in the calm moments.
Before we can love others well, we have to have a deep, life-changing revelation of how loved we are by God.
How do we do this?
By spending time in His presence. By being still.
God does have a race for you to run. But to run your race well, you have to stop and receive energy, guidance and wisdom from God first.
“The LORD will fight for you while you keep still.” Exodus 14:14
This is something I reckon we all struggle with and it’s something that Jesus has really been teaching me at the moment.
When you feel passionate about something there’s always a temptation to put your head down and work away at it until you achieve your goal.
There’s nothing wrong with motivation and setting goals is a great way to be intentional. BUT please don’t feel that you can’t have a break, that rest time is wasted time or that you’re weak if you need to have a day to recuperate.
I have to remind myself that in 10 years time if someone asked me to recall a favourite memory from this year, it would probably be time spent with friends, or adventuring on pretty beaches rather than being sat in front of a screen.
I love blogging, I truly do. But I never want to forget to enjoy the quieter moments, away from my laptop, connecting with loved ones and experiencing life.
In need of a break today? Don’t feel ashamed to take some time to rest. Do something you love. Go for a walk. Lie down and listen to music. Bake a cake.
Burn out is real and it kills creativity.
I’d love to hear if this is something you’re dealing with right now. How do you make time to rest? Let me know in the comments and if there’s any way I can pray for you/ encourage you let me know 🙂