Note: This post is part of our original series on rest. We are reposting some of our favorite articles because we believe they’re just as important today as ever. We hope you’re challenged to think of rest in a fresh new way.
Rest is near and dear to the heart of God, yet glaringly absent from our lives.
We know how to run hard.
We don’t know how to rest well.
Bottom line – rest is not a reward.
You can’t earn it.
You don’t deserve it.
It’s not a sign of weakness or inability. Rest is a matter of obedience, stewardship and delight. It’s a priority (a call to sanity) that is too important to neglect any longer.
Rest equips us to the run the race in a power not our own and it’s time for God’s people to engage—guilt-free.
Will you join us on this journey to revolutionize rest?
What’s your greatest challenge with rest? We’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Facebook – join the conversation!
First time here?
Welcome! We’re a group that gathers around the theme, “There has to be a better way.” We’re finding it in the 4-word mission statement, “Run hard. Rest well.”
- It’s a journey into the heart of God. It comes our way through an on-going exploration of four biblical rhythms that revive, replenish and restore: Sabbath Keeping, Sleep (and other simple stress-reducers), Stillness—personal retreat, and Solitude—personal retreat.
- It’s an expedition that challenges us at every turn. It convicts us in deep, tender places. It alters our priorities and plans. It’s not for the faint of heart.
- It’s adventure at its best – as we learn to run the race in a power not our own.
4 thoughts on “The Rest Revolution”
The challenge I feel with rest is….what is it and how do I do it? I can slow down and stop, but unless I’m asleep (or in a coma) my mind stays fully engaged and spins off out of control. Then there is the guilt.
Betty, you are not alone. We hope to tackle this very thing in the weeks ahead. There are indeed, different kinds of rest…and for many of our, our minds and hearts long for the “peace and quiet” of be still…be still.
Dear Brenda, It is so helpful to receive the reminders about your theme: Run hard, rest well. Ever since you spoke at our Katie Retreat a couple of years ago, I am working at it much more diligently and giving myself permission to rest and to relax guilt free. In spite of knowing the right answers it still is hard to put it into practice on a steady basis. That is why the mails from you mean so much. I am very grateful. May the Lord bless you in all aspect of your ministries. With much love and prayers. Traude
Traude, Thank you! We need each other to “run and rest.” We really do. Have you heard about RHRW’s new initiative “Vantage Point?” It’s designed for groups, teams and staffs. If you send me your email, I’d be happy to send you a PR piece. It’s launching this year! Brenda@runhardrestwell.org Blessings!