This past February, my wife asked me if I thought we should enroll our oldest daughter in another activity. As I began to contemplate her questions, I felt tension about how to answer her. On the one hand, I want to give my daughter great opportunities to learn new things and possibly discover something that will become her passion. On the other hand, I felt the pull to slow down and create space for us to be home as a family. And to be honest, I was exhausted from always having to be somewhere. I needed rest!!!
In the end, my wife and I never really had to decide whether or not to sign her up for that next activity. We didn’t have to choose because COVID-19 arrived, and along with it came plenty of opportunities to be home.
Through this season of being home, many have found blessings in our new routines. Families have been forced to slow down, allowing them to be together. For the first time in a long time, many families share meals, take walks, and have meaningful conversations. Individually, we have had time to do the things that we have been putting off. Garages are being organized, home repairs are being completed, Bibles are being read, people are getting in shape, and many are trying to better themselves in one way or another.
Probably the biggest blessing has been that all of the activity and busyness has been stripped away. We have reconnected with what matters. This slowdown in our schedules, and new understanding about what is important, has been a great step toward gaining the rest many of us need. But to truly experience rest, it takes more than slowing down our lives.
This weekend, Whitehouse Campus Pastor Shawn Bellner shared that if we want to find rest, we need to “let go.” We need to surrender our schedules, our work, our families, and our lives to God. It is only then that we will truly find rest.
Over the next four days, the LivingItOut will focus on what it means to let go and trust God. Having rest in your life is possible. And it is important because when you find rest, you will be at your best. You will be able to show up at your work, in your homes, and in your communities ready to make a difference in the lives of those closest to you.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how rested do you feel? Why?
How does your schedule this summer compare to last summer?
What has slowing down, revealed or taught you about life?
Commit to reading the next four days of the LivingItOut.
Begin praying about the areas in your life that you need to surrender to God.
Dear Heavenly Father, you are all that I need. When I am tired, I can find rest in you. Help me this week to identify areas that I am holding onto and need to surrender. You are trustworthy and able to carry anything that I lay at your feet. I praise your powerful and holy name. Amen.
This post was written by Ben Bockert. Ben is a proud husband and father of three beautiful daughters. He is honored to serve as the Director of the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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