I like to be active. I am almost always engaged with something. Sabbath, or rest,is hard for me. Having moved into a house a year ago it seems as though my project list is ever growing. I had imagined that by now the boxes would all be unpacked and the yard would be neat, tidy, and just be needing to be maintained. Well, both of those are still ‘in progress’ due to other things popping up. Now, for me this isn’t something new. I have always been busy and on the go since I can remember. Sports year round since I was 5, church activities twice a week at least, playing with friends, and as expected homework to be completed. As I got older those things stayed but became even more intense. Recreation soccer became competitive traveling and high school soccer, church activities turned into being a student leader at youth group as well as an FCA leader, and friends had importance to me as well as the girlfriends I would have in high school. AP/college classes in high school homework got squeezed in when it could. When did I ever get a break? Never. I didn’t feel like I needed one.
College came and it was much of the same. College soccer demanded even more of me. Trying to make, keep, and grow friends now started back at square one and of course so did the search for who I was figuring would be my future wife. The moniker I quickly learned from the upperclassman (ring by spring) didn’t ease any of that pressure. And if you walked with a girl to the school sign and back, look out because she may be the one. Schoolwork was once again pushed mostly to the wayside and volunteering at a local church was also a part of my week. I was running myself ragged and my body just couldn’t hold up any longer.
I became ill. My body had no strength or energy, I couldn’t really eat anything, and nobody could tell me why I was sick. The first two weeks it was just assumed it was the flu. It went from weeks to months. Several hospital visits and negative results came back on every test they did. Long story short after a visit to nutritional specialist I was diagnosed with a lot of food and environmental allergies. It did help stabilize my body and allow me to eat better and get the nutrients I needed, but with not feeling well for so long I had to slow down my lifestyle.
With the slowed down lifestyle I learned that I needed to continue having that time of rest both out of necessity and then out of choice.
Now as a husband, father, full-time working, and soon to be seminary student I know the importance of taking a Sabbath to rest physically and mentally and get re-energized spiritually to influence those others as well. You may be able to burn the candles at both ends for a while. You may be able to go without slowing down. But one day, at some point, you will hit the fan. You can not escape burnout without taking a consistent Sabbath. It is one of those inevitable things. Don’t burn out. Don’t hold out. Give in to the call of the Sabbath, the peace and comfort that God provides when you rest in Him.
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