Don’t Be Afraid to Rest

If there’s one thing we learned in the last year, it’s that sometimes we need a breather!

Waimea Valley, Hawaii

I feel God telling me: don’t be afraid to rest. I’ve been working on my next book, as well as a number of different projects and I wanted to share a sample from my book:

There are a lot of people who idolize working and exhaustion. There really are many people who need to take a break. Maybe COVID forced it on you. I felt like that was me, in a way. We are going to also need to reevaluate how we balance rest with the rest of our lives. Leisure has many benefits and we have not been allowing enough of it. People work best when they are more refreshed, and I hope to see more workplaces offer unlimited time off.

I was reading the Bible and found that before the series of plages in Egypt, Pharaoh hated when the Israelite slaves were idle. 

But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the Lord. Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given unto you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks. 

Exodus 7:17-18

 I think it’s so interesting that this culture of working and a focus on daily tasks is called out by God. The Israelite people wanted to serve God. I really felt this because trying to devote myself to this ministry hasn’t been easy. Lots of people have told me that I should go get a job and make this my side thing. But I don’t want a side thing. I want the only thing. I want to be all in! I wish that more of us could go all in, more often. It would really change the potential of our world. Because going all in requires just that mustard seed of faith. So whatever dream you have, keep pursuing, believing, and preparing for God to do something big in your life. I believe that we are called to live healthy and in order to do so we cannot be exhausted so make sure that you are taking care of yourself. We need to have energy, we need to be ready to move. 

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