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Mark 6:31 New International Version (NIV)

31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

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Rest! Many people long for it but cast it aside as if it’s an option.

During my “get up and go to the office days” I would boast that I haven’t taken but 3 days off all year. (Mind you I got 4 weeks off) I WORKED, ALL THE TIME. Nights, weekends, holidays, even on vacations.

Once I was at a theme park and I would rush and put my daughter on a ride so I could answer emails. Who does that?

I can’t even begin to tell you how many weekends I went INTO the office to work.

Looking back on it now it all seems rather foolish. No one gave me a medal for the most hours worked. My boss(‘s) could care less that I spent so much time making my week look easy by working through the night. I replaced REST with WORK.

I was checking my email before I got out of bed. I had people calling me to put out a fire when they were holding the extinguisher. People would text me during church, not because it was important but because if I didn’t value my rest THEY DIDN’T EITHER. I was too busy for myself. Too busy to rest. I needed to get somewhere by myself so I could do NOTHING.

Rest is much-needed. It’s a requirement! Your mind and body needs a chance to catch up with each other.  I had to learn this truth. We all think we need to do just one more thing. This is what I found out. That “thing” will still be there when you come back. Nothing is going to spontaneously combust because you took time for yourself.

God wants you to go to a quiet place and get some REST!

What’s your definition of rest? 15 min with your eyes closed, a week at the beach, a nap in the car during lunch, a destination vacation? Whatever it is don’t neglect it. Get some rest.

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