Take a Break – It is Biblical
It is the holiday season when parents, children, carers, working professionals, are getting our well-deserved rest. Resting from our work is biblical. We are told that God created the world in 6 days and on the 7th day He rested from his own labour.
When it comes to rest and relaxation, we appear to have two distinct ‘camps’; those who live their lives like every day is a holiday. They avoid any major responsibility, pressure or challenge and refuse to step out of their comfort zones. This is a dangerous place to be, because success will always lie outside of our comfort zone. We must understand that the flesh will often gravitate towards comfort, hence the bible warns us that ‘Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh’ (Galatians 5:24). We are also urged in proverbs Chapter 6, verses 6-8 to consider the diligence of the ants and learn from them:
‘Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.’
In the second camp are those who work tirelessly and consider taking a break from work or holiday, a sign of laziness or non-diligence. This too is wrong as often the result is burn out from over work. People like that also have little tolerance for those who do not live like them and quite often neglect what is important in life – family, close friendships and even time with God.
We need to lead a balanced life and take regular breaks from our own labour. That way, we come back refreshed and stronger. The bible tells us that we brought nothing into this world and we take nothing with us (1Timothy, 6:7). Only what we do for God and in the service of others will last.
So, however you are planning to rest from your own labour this summer, do make sure enjoy it. It’s biblical!