Living ON PURPOSE means having a packed schedule and doing “the most” for God. Every morning I wake up and get my “daily bread” – my instructions for the day. After spending about 45 minutes in prayer and meditation my day starts and does not stop until I go to sleep. Some days I’m banging my drum like the pink battery bunny. Other days, I have to push a little more. Some days, I’m get so tired that I stumble across the room, flop in the recliner and take a nap. And guess what? I do not feel guilty at all.
One day I was reading the Bible about the Samaritan woman – you know the one with all the husbands – and came across this:
“Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.” – John 4:6
Wait! What? Jesus was tired and needed to sit down. Yes! Of course. Jesus is 100% God and 100% man. His humanity teaches me how to live my life in a way that is purposeful and lets my light shine. So, if Jesus sat down so can you.
This is the season that we celebrate the birth of our Savior. It’s a time for family and friends. It is time to take moments of reflection on all that life has been and will be. In the midst of zipping through traffic to get the last Hatchimal and standing in long lines overhearing the complaints of people who forget that Jesus is the reason for the season, please remember to take a deep breath and sit down to rest.
Psalm 127:1 tells us that unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. I have to remind myself daily that it is God working through me. So my “hard work” doesn’t produce anything that God has not already put in place for me. Yes,faith without works is dead. (James 2:17) However, works without rest is deadly. (Kamryn 1:1)
A Few Bible Passages on Rest (NIV)
Exodus 34:21 – “Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and the harvest you must rest.”
Matthew 11:28 – “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”
Psalm 127:2 – “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – for he grants sleep to those he loves.”
Isaiah 32:18 – “My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in sector homes, in undisturbed places of rest.”
Hebrews 4:10 – “…for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.”
Mark 6:31 – [Jesus said] “…Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
Kamryn Adams is a certified coach, award-winning author, and Christian Lifestyle Personality. For more visit KamrynAdams.com