Your Holy Health - Part 20 - The Importance of Rest
by Tonja Taylor

Rest—not just sleep—is very important. If you don’t feel you’ve rested well at night, try to get a nap. Even just sitting in a chair where it’s quiet (or, if you can’t find quiet, at least listen to some slow and preferably Christian music that will help calm you and think of good things, with your earbuds) and rest your bod and mind. Better yet, put your feet up. If you can elevate your feet over your head, that’s even better.

Just slowing down a bit will help refresh you. Why do you think that employers throughout America and many parts of the world pay their workers to take breaks? Because they know that every human needs to be refreshed after a certain amount of time. And paradoxical as it may seem, rest promotes productivity!

Spiritual and emotional rest are as important as physical rest, and affect physical rest.

Trying to figure everything out with your mind; trying to get along with everyone and please them; and trying to do too many things at once; not to mention trying to take everything that ever bothers you or anyone else in the universe to God in prayer, will wear you out. The enemy, who is the one who sends pressure and reasoning and anxiety,

comes to wear out the saints (Daniel 7:25). The LORD, our sweet faithful Daddy God Who truly loves us so much He gave the Treasure of Heaven—JESUS—for us, commands us to work to rest in Him (Hebrews 4:1). He is a Gentleman, Who leads us. God does not pressure us.

When the LORD says in I Peter 5:7 to humble yourself and cast (release) all your cares to Him because He cares for you affectionately, that is what He means. Jesus is the only One Who always means what He says, and says only what He means. He is the Truth (John 14:6)!

We don’t want our own families, or even students we teach, or friends we have to worry, because we love them. We want them to have peace. I have learned that it is actually a form of pride, rooted in the distrust of God and vanity of doing things ourselves that causes us to try to do things in our own power, in our own reasoning. After all, as our pastor and others have explained, remember (and I’m preaching to me), that the first part of the verse is to humble yourself.

Human nature is to take care of ourselves, and do whatever we think we need to in order to accomplish our goals. We have to humble ourselves to trust God. Believe me, I have tried doing things way too many times myself.

I was in error, listening to the devil, the world, my flesh, and reason, because I was not fully trusting the LORD, and it is foolish to not trust the One Who gives us every breath; is good and only good; Who has saved us by the blood of Jesus—and given us the faith to believe!.

Listening to restful music is an excellent way to rest, especially if it is worship music that glorifies Christ. 

Naps, as I have previously mentioned, are great refreshers too. Even just relaxing in a chair for five minutes can help you more than you may think.

Adult coloring books may not be as popular as they were a year or two ago, but just doodling or coloring or doing something to refresh your mind in a fun way will help energize you.

Also, the ultimate may be to call someone who’s hurting or needy and cheer them up or ask what you can do to help them. It always helps us to remember that we are so very blessed compared to millions and perhaps billions of others on the planet!

In addition, ask the LORD to help you set your mind on things above, and sing to Him. One pastor stated that we speak easily, almost without thinking, but we have to sing on purpose.

Another thing that helps me is the LORD has taught me to tell myself to think about God, instead of my hair or performance or money or whatever is trying to hinder and distract me, and to ask Him to help me focus on whatever I need to do at the moment. He is faithful!

 



Tonja K. Taylor is the author of many works, including THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCESS PEARL, P.O.W.E.R.* Girl! series. She and her husband Clayton minister the Word through teaching, preaching, and the arts, through River Rain Creative Arts (You Tube, God Tube), their church, and beyond.

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