I find it funny that the word “rest” is a verb (yes, “rest” is also a noun, but that’s a discussion for another day….). Verbs, as you probably recall from Mrs. [fill in your 2nd grade teacher’s name here]’s class are action words (usually). (I only remember what a verb is because I love to do Mad-Libs with my son. Yes, we roll like that.) So, this month, I actively tried to rest.
Yeah, not a great rester here. Nope, not so much.
I do think that God wired me to be a busy woman. I could probably teach the Proverbs 31 woman a thing or two about keeping busy. 🙂 But this month, I knew I needed to do something to slow down.
“This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
In repentance and rest is your salvation,
In quietness and trust is your strength,
But you would have none of it.”
Why? Why won’t we rest?
Hey, even God rested, right? Says so in my Bible in Genesis 2:2, last time I checked.
I have a confession to make: I knew I was a bit out of control when the first thing I would do after waking up was to check Facebook, Twitter, work emails, personal emails…not rest in God’s word. This is where I was in June. I did not want the same July.
So, I got a little legalistic this month…just a touch…with my online time.
1. I did not check any gadget until I had checked the “old school” gadget, aka the Bible. Was (nearly) perfect with this one.
2. I went on a social media diet. I checked social media twice a day (er, except today–fail!), once quickly and once for a bit longer (with a few exceptions, like when my state was devastated by the theater shootings—still in shock over that.). I was surprised to find that most of my friends managed life fine without me all day! (What!?! Maybe I need new friends. Follow me on Facebook here or Twitter here if you want to help a sister out with some new BFFs!)
3. I left my gadget in the other room as often as possible. Didn’t matter which room, as long as it was the OTHER room.
4. I turned off every beep and ding except the actual phone ringing. I wanted to answer the phone if it rang, but I tried a scientific experiment: can a text wait for an hour or two? The answer may shock you: Yes. Yes it can.
Was I perfect? Nope. Did these “rules” help me achieve more rest? Yes.
Added benefit? I had face-to-face conversations with real, live people. (They look so different when they are not freeze-framed via a Twitter profile!)
Just a guess here, but I have a feeling that if Jesus were alive today, he might not even have a data plan or unlimited texting. He’d probably opt for face-to-face time. Of course, that’s just a guess…
What will you do this next month to commit to resting in your life?
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