“Rest is the ultimate humiliation”

“Rest is a decision we make. Rest is choosing to do nothing when we have too much to do, slowing down when we feel pressure to go faster, stopping instead of starting. Rest is listening to our weariness and responding to our tiredness, not to what is making us tired. Rest is what happens when we say one simple word: “No!” Rest is the ultimate humiliation because in order to rest, we must admit we are not necessary, that the world can get along without us, that God’s work does not depend on us. Once we understand how unnecessary we are, only then might we find the right reasons to say yes. Only then might we find the right reasons to decide to be with Jesus instead of working for him…” – Mike Yaconelli

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I read this today and as a recovering Yes-Woman it really resonated with me. This time of year we get so wrapped up in serving, buying gifts, attending parties and generally overbooking our calendars with incredibly important and equally unimportant activities… it’s hard to actually take in every spectatular, shining and sacred moment that this time of year has to offer.

Believe it or not, our attendance at every event, while appreciated is not absolutely of the essence. Our ability to give the most expensive, most unique or creative Christmas present, while also valued by receivers, is not the most important either.

Research shows that the third week in January is the most depressing time of the year for people. It’s at that time that all of the decisions we have made in December come crashing to a halt – the credit card bills have arrived, the high of Christmas is all but gone and winter is well underway.

My theory – If we can take the holiday season a little slower, allow ourselves to rest and relish in good food, good friends and loved ones without the stress and hassle, remembering the true reason for all the celebrating to begin with, we’ll come out of the holiday high without debilitating withdrawals.

My hope for all of us this season of spending way too much money and saying “yes” to a few too many activities, that we would slow down long enough to take in the goodness and appreciate what really matters.

 

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