I am in the midst of a short vacation. Julie and I are in Mayville, WI, staying at the historic Audubon Inn. (It’s a wonderful hotel and the town is absolutely charming, with lots of friendly folks, and plenty of restaurants, shops, and activities to enjoy in the area.) For these four days, I almost totally “unplugged.” I’ve helped my sons with a couple things at home and I talked with a client for a few minutes one morning. Other than that, no work. Just rest and lots of time outdoors. (I took the picture above at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge.) I feel great!
So, to encourage you to engage in a regular habit of rest and renewal, I offer six reasons for rest.
1. Rest avoids burnout
It’s just not possible to run, run, run without taking several days a few times each year to not work. Rest enables you to mentally, emotionally, and spiritually refuel so that you can be strong for the next work period.
2. Rest reconnects you to what is important
As we pour ourselves into work, it is easy to lose sight of why you do what you do. Plowing through daily responsibilities encourages myopia, focusing narrowly on task and responsibility. Rest helps you focus on purpose and relationship.
3. Rest uncovers unrealized passions and interests
When we’re buried in work, all we see is that work. Getting away from work, being in a different town, seeing different sights, and talking with different people often reveals passions and interests that were hidden by work.
4. Rest refreshes worn or broken relationships
I am on this vacation with my bride, Julie. During these four days, we’ve been able to focus on each other and hear each other’s heart in a way we haven’t done in a long time. We’re blessed with a strong marriage and we needed this time. If your marriage has been compromised, you definitely need time of rest with your spouse.
5. Rest humbles us
The world does not depend on our constant motion. When we’re working, in constant motion, we tend to think that more depends on us than is true. We tend to get caught up in our own pride. Rest and stop taking yourself so seriously.
6. Rest because God told us to
Rest reminds us to depend on God. It reminds us how He blesses us. Rest points to God’s sovereignty over the universe and us.
7. And for the 7th reason to rest…
Instead of offering a 7th reason, I’m going to rest.
Dr. Scott Yorkovich is a leadership coach and consultant. He works with individuals, small and medium organizations, and ministries. Contact him at ScottYorkovich[at]LeadStrategic.com with your questions.
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