Jun
23
2011

We need to rest

This week’s post is a practical one. Yes, it has biblical
application as its basis but it is one of those truths that we just need to be
reminded about from time to time.

Many times, we are on the go. We keep going on and on and on
without stopping to rest. Life is so much different than it was just ten years
ago. The age of technology has changed things. Today we have Facebook, Twitter,
LinkedIn, Groupon, web browsing, websites, mobile phones, text messages (yes I
know we receive texts through the phone), social media sites and the list goes
on. Even on holidays, the phone and text messages don’t stop. You get the point.
All of this technology does have a way of creeping up on us. It is estimated
that an average person spends 55 minutes on Facebook every day, not to talk of
the other ‘things’ I have mentioned. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to spend
55 minutes of Facebook, it depends on what you are doing. Spending a lot of
time and making a lot of money is different from just whiling away the time.

Now people have access to you whenever they can. When people
can’t get hold of you, they send you a text and they expect an instant
response. A company I work for has just introduced yet another communication
technology tool. Difference from email – basically, it’s telling you someone
requires your attention and they want it now. Instant messaging! At least, with
email, you had the pleasure of opening the mail when you want to.

I could go on and on but you get the message and no doubt
you have your own stories too. What perhaps we don’t realise is that (unless
you discipline yourself otherwise), it takes out a lot of stress on the body. It
is easy to get caught up in all the noise we have in life now, especially with
all this technology. Have some quiet time alone to restore your energy. Those
little moments during the day seem to be taken up. At one stage, I realised
that I had let technology take the place of God. We are to use technology
wisely and not let technology use us.

What does one do in the midst of all this? The answer is
simple rest and make sure that our days are not overcrowded. Sometimes, it’s
important to get away from it all for a period of time. Remember you are human
and your body needs to rest. We need rest to give our bodies time to repair or
to recuperate. God designed our bodies with a rhythm of rest. Make sure you are
getting enough.

I believe we need personal strategies especially around the
use of all this new technology e.g. unless you are a very close friend or a
very close family., I do not respond to emails and texts after a certain time
(unless I choose to). Unnecessary time on social media sites have also been cut
off. I encourage you to also make adjustments – if you feel you need to.

Of course, I cannot finish without adding a scriptural
reference. Nobody couldn’t have such a heavy demand and wok schedule like
Jesus. People wanted His attention all the time. It seemed Jesus had so much to
do and very little time to get it done. His work schedule was quite heavy. Yet
even with the weight of so much expectation and the need to meet the constant
needs of people, He recognised the importance of rest. We read in Mark 6:31
that  He encouraged His disciples to get
away from people and try and get some rest. A word they say is enough for the
wise

Until I appear again in your inbox, stay rested

 

Ola

About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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