A few years back, I joined the One Word movement choosing to focus on one quality or attribute I wanted to see happen in my life.
Looking back, I see that each of my words build on the previous:
2012 - Joy
2013 - Fearless
2014 - Abiding
2015 - Intentional
2016 - Rest
When you find joy and contentment knowing your Lord and Savior has you in the palm of His hand, you can be fearless. Realizing that peace and fearlessness can only be found in Him makes you want to abide, or dwell, in His presence even more. But, knowing my temperament and my tendency to go all out means that I have to be intentional about spending time at the feet of Jesus. I also have to intentional about finding time to ... rest.
I have to admit that the idea of rest is not alluring to me. I've always been a bundle of enthusiasm and look forward to seeing how productive I can be each day. I'm a list-maker from way back and nothing excites me more than checking off what I've accomplished.
A day with nothing to do fills me with uneasiness. I feel like it would be a day wasted.
But in God's economy, rest is so important that not only did He suggest it, but He COMMANDED a whole day be set aside for it.
In fact, He even did it Himself. He spent six days creating and then He rested.
If God rests, mere mortals must really need it!
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Matthew 11:28 The Message
Today, at The Loft, our theme is our One Word for 2016. I'm excited about sharing this topic with you because I'm going to need as many as who are willing to keep me accountable.
I really don't even know how to rest.
(By the way, rest is more than mindless TV viewing from the couch potato position, which is basically the way I've "rested" all these years.)
So, help a girl out: let me know how YOU rest? How do you schedule it? How do you make time for it? Does it mean napping the day away? Meditating in silence?
I need me some feedback!
If YOU would like to share about your One Word for 2016, leave a comment or link up your own post at The Loft here.