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Worship Wednesday: Finding Rest

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Worship Wednesday

For just about all of us, schools have started. And with summer coming to a close, the seasons are about to change.

Can you feel it?

I’ve already began to notice more and more leaves on the ground and I’m sure you have too. I’m convinced there’s very few things more beautiful than a Tennessee fall. It’s one of those things that make you crave warm blankets, homemade chili, football, and laughter with friends.

Maybe it’s just me, but before I let the business of a new school year, and the fast approaching fall take over, I’m finding more and more of a desire for rest.

Finding Rest

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Even saying the words out loud bring about an exhaling sort of emptying – a good kind of emptying.

And without that emptying you can’t create any margin to be filled.

Studies now show us that without rest, our bodies start to slowly shut down, creating all sorts of compounding health problems.

Slowing down and finding rest, is part of why I haven’t posted in a week.

And you know what, the most amazing thing has happened; I’ve been reminded of some things that really matter.

Rest does that. It’s meant to. It was purposed to.

Rest, disconnects us from the unimportant and reconnects us to the stuff that really matters. (Encourage someone and tweet that)

I’ve made a small list of things that matter and don’t matter to me. You should make your own.

What doesn’t matter

  1. How many subscribers I have
  2. How many twitter followers I have
  3. How many page visits, clicks, or any other version of metrics

What does matter

  1. Being a better father
  2. Being a better husband
  3. Loving and serving well, those already around me

Finding rest is to find and declare freedom.

Tim Keller says this beautifully:

Anyone who overworks is really a slave. Anyone who cannot rest from work is a slave—to a need for success, to a materialistic culture, to exploitative employers, to parental expectations, or to all of the above. These slave masters will abuse you if you are not disciplined in the practice of Sabbath rest. Sabbath is a declaration of freedom.

When you refuse to make time for rest, or when you fail to create space for any form of sabbath, effectively what you’re doing is replacing authentic worship for idol worship.

The story of your life is telling your audience, those whose attention you hold, like your family, what really matters to you.

You’re probably like me in that there is something you desire, something you dream of and pursuing those desires, chasing after those dreams can slowly take over everything else to the point where you forget why you’re doing any of those things at all.

That’s the beauty of slowing down, and finding rest.

Do you create space for rest?

Do you intentionally leave room for margin in your life?

Share in the comments below!

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Josh Collins is a Communicator and Experience Architect who lives in Franklin, Tn. His passion is to create awesome experiences that change the way we engage audiences and help you do the same.
  • http://anitadavissullivan.com/ Anita Davis Sullivan

    How to balance needing rest and pursuing dreams is my hardest battle. Great post.

    • http://www.thejoshcollins.com/ Josh Collins

      Thanks Anita! I’m with you every bit of the way! I think there’s so much deception and traps that lie in wait in the relentless pursuit of dream chasing. It’s difficult balance!

  • http://www.wordsofjoy75.blogspot.co.uk/ Joy Lenton

    A great post, Josh. I often look at my life as a chronic illness and M.E sufferer and feel frustrated that it’s largely about resting – predominantly of the physical kind. But I am defining it wrongly and far too narrowly if I think like that. Real rest is ceasing to strive – even inwardly – being at peace, ease and stillness in mind, soul, and body. Taking time out deliberately instead of by default. I love the lists of what is and isn’t important. So helpful and true. To focus on God-given priorites is restful. Thank you for this informative word! Blessings :)

  • http://www.joanhallwrites.com/ Joan

    Excellent post, Josh. I spent a good deal of the summer “resting”. Not from work, but from writing. And I don’t regret it. We often focus too much on the things that don’t matter, and neglect the important ones.

  • http://www.reflectionsfromthealley.org/ Dave Arnold

    Hey Josh -really enjoyed this! I’m a big Keller fan – that was nice. I try to take a full day where I Sabbath. I don’t always succeed; but I need it big time. Tnx for this remider!

Posted on: August 28, 2013

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