Even grace-inspired goals can leave us tired and weary. Just as our muscles need a rest day when we are working out, we too need a rest day to keep from burning out. The constant focus and attention can be exhausting.
If you are new to goal-setting, it's important to build rest days into your schedule. Whether it's once a week or twice a month, rest days help us to rebuild our muscles, reset our minds, and rejuvenate our souls. We can make time to take stock, ask ourselves what is working, what needs to be adjusted, and list all the ways God has been faithful to us on this journey.
In Galatians, we're encouraged to be aware of our energy levels: "So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit." (Galatians 6:9)
I like to try and set aside one day a week to rest and relax and exhale. I'll set my goals aside and spend my day in grateful quiet, not going hog-wild and binging on junk food or watching mindless movies all day, but perhaps a quiet day with a good book, a soothing drink, quiet music in the house, and a gentle stroll, rather than a pace-pushing walk.
Rest days are actually a key of success in NOT quitting, or giving up. Rest days acknowledge that God will continue to work in and through us - rest days acknowledge our human-ness!
As our 30-day goal setting challenge comes to a close, if you feel tired - rest. The same grace that works within you to inspire you to make choices to improve and become more like Jesus will also provide you with space for rest.
TODAY'S BIBLE READING
...every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on your altar and watch for fire to descend.
Psalm 5:3 MSG
...on the altar, the sacrificial offering is changed into what is pleasing and acceptable to Him. In the act of offering, we give up ownership and control and watch to see what God will do with what we offer Him. - Eugene Peterson
...you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God's instruments to do His work and speak out for Him, to tell others the night and day difference He made for you.
1 Peter 2:9-10 MSG
If death got the upper hand through one man's wrongdoing, can you imagine the breathtaking recovery life makes, sovereign life, in the one who grasps with both hands this wildly extravagant life-gift, this grand setting-everything-right that the one man Jesus-Christ provides?
Romans 5:16,17 MSG
"We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well."
(1 Corinthians 10:24b MSG)