28 Sep Work. Rest. Play.
There’s always work to do, something that isn’t done yet, and money to be made. If we’re not careful we’ll look back over the past week, or month and find that we’re always working. Because we’re unsatisfied with what we’ve presently accomplished or we’re giving into internal and external pressure to do more, we’re likely tired. Occupations we once longed for become mundane and wearisome. Before we realize it, we’re not only frustrated and tired of our work. Our outlook on other aspects of our lives becomes bleak.
One way to avoid this downward spiral or recover from excessive work is to maintain a healthy work-rest-play rhythm. In Genesis 2, we learn that God rested. If our Creator pressed pause, so should we. Let’s also consider these verses:
“There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God. For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him?” Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 NASB
“One hand full of rest is better than two fists full of labor and striving after wind.” Ecclesiastes 4:6 NASB
What we’ve accomplished this week is good. Now take time to rest and enjoy life. Work, rest, and play are gifts from God. Unwrap and use each. Allow each – work, rest, and play, to be consistently evident in our lives.