Feeling burned out? Over worked, tired, run down, emotionally, physically, spiritually & mentally drained? This area has been laid so heavy on my heart, I thought it was time I blog about it.
Sometimes I take a look at how the world is today. We believe the lie that if we’re not busy, then we’re not successful. If we’re not busy, then we’re not seeing results. You see, being busy means you’re the ‘jack of all trades and the master of none’. I’ve also come to the realisation that rest requires DISCIPLINE; one MUST discipline oneself to rest, because it goes against the status-quo, completely against what society says and moreover, it goes against our pre-conditions.
Rest is defined as:
Verb: Cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength.
Noun: An instance or period of relaxing or ceasing to engage in strenuous or stressful activity.
Something God has been teaching me recently is that even though I know how to rest physically, I have not yet mastered the art of resting mentally. It’s an area that I am still working on, and day by day I am being renewed by His word.
In all honesty, I’ve come to the stage where I now know that busyness means you do not have focus nor have mastered your purpose, or your purpose has been revealed to you and your like ‘Thank You Jesus, I’ve got this now!’ Trust me, I’ve been there! That moment when God reveals your purpose and even your season, and because He’s done that we think we don’t need Him anymore but please know it’s then that we need Him more than ever! Because now you know your purpose, He still hasn’t called you to be busy, but He’s called you to be fruitful. Busyness is from the devil, fruitfulness is from the Lord. Remember He is your shepherd, therefore He leads you beside still waters – Psalm 23:2.
As I sat in a Global Investment meeting last week, I was amazed to even see how they approach investing in the markets of this world. They take a step back, ANALYSE their CURRENT investments, see if they’re producing any dividends, remove those investments that are not profitable (even to the extent of whole markets & countries) and focuson those things that yield, not only high dividends, but the best results. So it got me thinking…if the financial market operates in such a way in day-to-day business, why do we as humans, not do the same things? I could only come up with one reason – we’ve believed the lie! I’ve learned now to turn away from those tasks that keep me busy, but not productive. I’ve learned to stay away from those people & conversations that keep me busy & distracted, but add no value.
Not resting in my opinion also shows lack of self-love; no one can love you better than yourself (and God obviously). But if you do not love yourself, how in the WORLD do you expect God to love you the way He wants too. I always remember the quote that I heard from Joyce Meyer one day where she said‘the best thing you can give to the world is a healthy you’Healthy in ALL ways! In Psalm 127:2 says ‘It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.’ SEE, even God says to go to BED early! He understands the importance of rest, renewal & replenishment.
Put down the phones, the ipads, the TV remote, the gym membership, and the ministry, the relationships, the titles, the demands and just REST! Now I KNOW that is scary because GOD FORBID that you miss out on the latest? God forbid you miss a phone call, aren’t available to pick up that important call or email – my stance is ‘if it’s important they’ll leave a message’. I used to be that way, always available, always there, and then I realised it was no longer bringing me value. I know myself well enough now to know that rest is an important part of my week – I HAVE to schedule it in, because I head into burn out quickly which in turn leads down a dark road, BUT thank GOD for the Holy Spirit & His warning signs. I’ve began to realise that if you can’t be of any help to yourself, you will not be of any use nor help to others,
If you don’t know how to rest, ask God to show you – He is faithful. Go before Him and quite simply say:
‘Dear Lord, I know how important rest is to you; because even you took a day’s rest once you created the world. You created it with rest & peace in mind, and you desire that we enter not only your rest, but rest in general. Forgive me for not resting, but I please show me how’.
He is so faithful to answer your prayers. Remember, ‘you have not because you ask not’. If rest is an area of weakness for you, remember that God‘s strength is made PERFECT in your weakness J I believe that it’s in our rest, that we get to know ourselves; it’s there that we get to know our wants, needs, motives, purpose & general thoughts.
As you can tell, I’m a HUGE advocate for rest & I truly believe that not only sometimes, but weekly; the most urgent thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest…
(The photo was taken when I was in Barcelona last weekend! I highly recommend it)
Love EML xx