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.
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
- How many subscribers I have
- How many twitter followers I have
- How many page visits, clicks, or any other version of metrics
What does matter
- Being a better father
- Being a better husband
- Loving and serving well, those already around me
Finding rest is to find and declare freedom.
Tim Keller says this beautifully:
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?
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