Strategic Rest

As with every New Year, family and friends have been talking about their resolutions, visions and goals. This year we have been having that conversation at church as well. The last 2 weeks my pastor, Dr. David Ireland, Ph.D. has been talking about God-given dreams, plans, and desires that are untapped or not executed. He has also been teaching us about creating S.M.A.R.T goals and how to make them. S.M.A.R.T goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. The Bible recommends living strategically according to Proverbs 14:15. The simpleton believes every word he hears, but the prudent man looks and considers well where he is going.”

This past Sunday he shared with us to 5 things that will help us live that way:

  1. Develop a Strategy for living

  2. Manage your life

  3. Advance towards your potential

  4. Rest regularly

  5. Use your Time wisely

Did you catch number four? Rest regularly. My pastor spent quite a bit of time on this one. What a coincidence If you read last week’s post you will remember God has been speaking to me about this. Pastor David recommended we do things that recharge us, gives us joy, refresh us. I doubt he meant watching TV which is my version of taking a break when I finally get the kids to bed. I really had to think about what that means for me. I only get involved with things I thoroughly enjoy; although I volunteer or start a project that I am excited about however these days it seems I lose my enthusiasm over them as they become items on my to-do list. For example this past September I had the idea to paint what I thought would be a wonderful gift for a family member. I knew what I wanted to paint; I starting sketching to brush up on long dormant drawing skills, I even bought the canvas. I put off doing it and eventually I didn’t have enough time to get it done and still enjoy it. It became just another thing to take care of before we set off for our Christmas visits and celebrations. It never got finished.

Sitting in the service I asked my husband “What do I like to do?” I was genuinely stumped knowing my tendencies to make everything a line item on my to-do list. My husband mentioned running, that was a good one but I don’t like to run in the winter. I like reading. But what else recharges me, refreshes me? Then I thought of puzzles. I really like doing puzzles but never do them (unless on vacation) because it seems like such a fruitless thing to do. It’s the kind of thing I’d like to do in my spare time – but let’s face it, I never seem to have spare time. So puzzles it is! I am going to spend some time doing one this week. I will see if my kids or husband wants to help but even if they don’t I will turn on some music, grab a cup of tea and do one just for the sake of rest. I will tell you how goes.

What do you do to rest and recharge?