- injury (from over-use)
- fatigue / exhaustion
- not peaking at the right time, too early or too late
People will ask me, "How often do you run?" I usually reply with "Five days a week." In reality, I could respond saying that I run everyday, but I'm good about resting. Rest is important when you're training hard. In fact, I'd rather do my best to not miss a "rest day" than a training day because lack of rest can cause all kind of problems.
The same thing is true for life. Whether it's your spiritual life, your work life, your home life, or just life period, taking time to rest is critical to your health. My experience running backs this up. If I don't rest, I'm could end up with all kinds of problems:
Injury is probably the one I worry about the most, so I rest. I rest two days a week, and my training plan includes weeks where I cut back on the mileage for the week. Sometimes on rest days, I'll do something different like walking or cycling. But there's at least one day a week where I simply rest.
Sabbath rest is one of the teachings of the spiritual life of Judaism and Christianity (and possibly others). It's a practical lesson for health in your life. You can't go 110% all of the time and not pay the consequences. Your family suffers because you're not around or you're not engaged when you are around. Your work suffers because eventually you can't focus as much. Your health suffers with fatigue, or you start self-medicating with comfort food or other stuff. Not resting results in a lot of suffering. We need rest that renews us.
The key piece to Sabbath rest is Renewal. There are some things we do that are restful, but don't always renew us. I've done things that are fun to do and are enjoyable, but when that's done I have nothing to show for it except that time is gone. Sabbath rest renews my soul and my mind. It's actually an investment in myself so I can relate in healthy ways to my family, friends, co-workers, colleagues, etc.
So doing nothing, can actually be doing a lot! Take a good Rest and be
I am a United Methodist Pastor, but I'm trying to re-define that as a Missionary sent to my corner of the USA. What would it look like for you to envision your life as a Christian more like a Missionary than a Church-goer?