The Discipline Of Rest – For When You Feel Weary


Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.

Ralph Marston

I came home last night from work, and I felt weary.

Do you ever feel this way?

Weariness happens in this human life.  We all deal with it from time to time.  Part of it comes from our own misguided efforts to climb the ladder or to keep up with the Jones’.  And some of it comes from the trials and tribulations of life.

Whatever the case may be, I think we must take time to refresh and renew ourselves.  We must learn the discipline of rest.  For only when we rest (and find true rest in the Completer of Life) can we overcome weariness in our pursuit of stretching and in our pursuit of becoming effective – effective leaders, effective employees, effective friends, and effective family members.

As I was thinking about the subject of weariness, these passages came to mind.  May they encourage you to have hope when the weariness of life has you down.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isaiah 40:29-31

I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”  Jeremiah 31:25

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Galatians 6:9

How would your world be different if you made the decision to practice the discipline of rest?  How has resting made a difference in your life?