You’ve probably heard the phrase, “We are human beings, not human doings.”
But let’s face it, in our culture, busyness is a status symbol. Being busy means we’re hard workers. Sometimes a hectic schedule even makes us feel important or needed.
But truth be told, no matter how efficient we are, how little sleep we think we need, or how great we believe ourselves to be at multitasking, the truth is this: WE NEED REST.
Recently, my family and I took some time for a little R&R. We were blessed with an opportunity to go to the beach for a whole week. The only money we had to spend was on gas and groceries.
Sometimes, vacations can feel just as crazy as our everyday lives. Ever hear someone say, “I need a vacation from my vacation?”
Not this time for the Hutzel family. What did we do on this trip? Not a darn thing.
We slept in, went to bed early, read books on the beach, played with our dog, and watched movies. No sightseeing. No excursions. Just good ol’ fashioned rest and play. It was amazing. Here’s a couple photos from the beach. Clearly our dog, Westen, had a miserable time. (Insert sarcasm here.) A golden retriever is never more happy than when he is submerged in water with a tennis ball in his mouth.
But I learned a couple valuable things about rest and play while on this trip and thought I’d share them with you.
1. Rest makes you feel better physically.
Like… a lot better. There’s just something about getting a full night’s sleep (or a nap even!) that makes you feel your best. Since we’ve been back, we’re trying to stick with a routine of going to bed early to continue these advantages.
2. Rest makes you happier.
I’ve found that stress is pretty much non-existent when you’re running through the waves with your dog. But you don’t need to spend money or a whole week to reduce stress. Get outside with you pets or kids for the evening. Go for a walk at lunch. It’s amazing what even a 15 minute break will do for your mood.
3. Rest prepares you for your best work.
Despite what we may think, studies have shown that the human brain needs regular breaks throughout the day and adequate sleep at night in order to function at full capacity. We do our best work when we are rested. Not only that, but often, our greatest ideas or breakthroughs come to us in moments of rest or play, because that’s when our brain is able to be most creative.
4. Rest makes people like you better.
It’s true. Nobody likes a Mr. Grumpy Gills. (Yes, we watched Finding Nemo on vacation.) But seriously, it’s amazing how much better you get along with others (and others get along with you) when you’re not frazzled and stressed out.
5. God made you for rest.
This is the ultimate reason why we should have more rest and play in our lives. God literally made us to NEED rest. The very first day humans existed, we were told to rest. God didn’t make us to work then rest but to rest then work. Why? For all the reasons above and more.
Resting forces us to depend on God. We don’t like that. The world’s story tells us that independence is the only way, but if we are living in God’s Story, then we must remember that His way is best.
God created you. He knows what’s best for you. So go ahead, give yourself permission to take a break, play a little, take a nap, or go to bed early. You’ll feel better and be better. Rest is what’s best.
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