We can’t talk about spending our time without at some point coming around to what it means to rest. Rest is sadly lacking in our culture. The ability to “multi-task” is held up as a virtue; we’re addicted to technology which connects us to work and to our “social network” constantly; we’re swamped with information, much of it worrisome– even if we quiet our bodies, it’s hard to shut off the continual thoughts and anxieties that beset us.
God knew that we needed rest. At the time of creation, he established a Sabbath.
“And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.” Genesis 2:2-3
Of course, we know that Jesus spoke out against a need to follow the myriad rules about the Sabbath created by the Pharisees. All this keeping track of what could be lawfully done on the day of rest was decidedly unrestful! Jesus knew that what people needed was true rest, the kind they could only find in Him.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28
True rest is found in taking a break from competition, worldly cares and anxieties. It comes from trusting God instead of ourselves, our government or even our family — all these things can fail. It comes from discovering who we really are — God’s creation, made to serve Him and others. It comes from realizing our true worth as God’s child. For many of us find the best way to find rest is to set aside time to spend with God, get to know Him and His plan for our lives. It can happen ever Sunday morning at worship services. So this week — get some rest, real rest.
Well, I had a different theme in mind for this month, but after reading Kate’s post yesterday, I decided she raised some important questions that the Lutheran Ladies need to address. What are our spiritual gifts? How do we employ them? What activities inspire creativity? What does it mean to rest? How do we lead balanced lives? How do I become a good steward of the time and gifts with which I have been blessed. I think we can incorporate all of these ideas under the umbrella of “spending time.”
Time is one of the gifts God has given us, but we only have so much. Eventually, for every human, time will run out. It’s an issue we all struggle with in a society that gives us so many options. You’ve all heard the question, “what’s on your bucket list?” ….in other words, what are the things you need to do or accomplish to make your life meaningful.
Kate’s post “Free Time” asked for input from our authors and readers. I hope each of you will give her some ideas this month, drawn from your own experience. Tell us all about your gifts, how you discovered them, and how you have used them to become the person God intended you to be.
God loves you and so do I! Happy blogging and reading!
When I worked for the school district, they had a weekly column in which employees were interviewed. It was kind of a “get to know you” segment where each employee shared some information about their personal life, such as who was in their family and what their hobbies and interests were. Well, eventually it became time to do my column. What I wrote was that I enjoy gardening and cooking and spending time with friends and family. That seemed better than admitting the truth. What I really did for a hobby was come home exhausted from work and lay on the couch watching Netflix until I fell asleep.
Does anyone else struggle to find creativity in their life? Sometimes it seems like we get so caught up in the daily activities of chores, work, and errands that there does not seem like time for anything else. Any free time seems better spent catching up on rest and vegetating in front of the television. However, while those activities might be needed sometimes to rejuvenate ourselves, they are used far more than is needed.
First Timothy 4:14-15 “Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.”
My goal for this month is to make better use of my free time. I am not exactly sure what gifts I have, but it seems worthwhile to reflect on what they are and how I can better use them. Does anyone have any feedback on how they have found their gifts and what they are doing with them? I am open to suggestions!!