If You Rush, You Must Rest - From UCB

Mark records, ‘Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and His apostles didn’t even have time to eat.’ No one had a greater assignment than Jesus, and no one was busier: not even you! But He knew the importance of relaxation. He understood the balance between work and rest, which is why He was able to accomplish so much in so little time. The more successful you are, the greater the demands on your time and energy will be. People are wonderful, but they can be draining. As your career and your calling grow, this will only become more so. Renewing yourself will require constant attention. If you don’t do this, you can be sure those around you won’t. Work hard, but play just as enthusiastically. Schedule it. Take one day a week off and totally relax. Focus on something other than your job. If you do that your mind will be clearer, you’ll make better decisions, you’ll see life through different eyes, and you’ll accomplish far more. Stop and answer these questions: How often do you actually schedule time for rest and relaxation? What do you do to rest your mind at work? At home? If you had one full day all to yourself, what would you do? If you struggle to answer those questions then you need to pray, ‘Lord, teach me how to rest. Show me how I can turn towards You and be restored and renewed’.

Are you waiting for change at work?

Trust that God's grace will sustain you until that change comes


Please pray for those whose job it is to make most difficult decisions every day

How important is your job to the church?

Do they value it as much as those who go aboard as missionaries?

John Ortberg writes: ‘My friend Andy Chan headed up the placement office for Stanford School of Business, helping graduates find work. He says that some day he wants to write a book called The Myth of Passion. This is the myth that somewhere out there is the perfect job, the idealized calling that fits my soul the way a key fits into a lock. And if I could just find that job, torrents of passion would cascade out of my heart like water going over Niagara Falls.’ We have this romanticized idea that we will find ‘job-love at first sight.’ But what if you are in a job that doesn’t excite you? Ortberg writes: ‘Passion for our work is not usually a subterranean volcano waiting to erupt…It is a muscle that gets strengthened a little each day as we show up—as we do what is expected of us, and then some.’ Paul wrote: ‘Don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being Christian doesn’t cover up bad work’ (vv. 22-25 TM). Maybe it would help to put a sign up on your desk: ‘For God’s sake—do your best!’ Why? For two reasons: 1) Because you represent Christ in the workplace. 2) When you are faithful in small things, He will promote you to greater things (Matthew 25:21).