‘And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,’
Writes the author of Hebrews. This is just one of the many times that the Bible refers to our lives as a race. Paul was especially fond of such references.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. – 1 Corinthians 9: 24
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4: 7
The list goes on and on. And it truly is an accurate analogy. Our life is a race that we must run to the best of our ability, that we must strive to do our best in. However, one of the main factors we seem to forget about as we run the race of life is rest.
Rest is as vital to us as it is to a marathon runner.
Now, I’m not talking about rest as in physically sleeping, though that is undoubtedly important to us. I’m talking about resting mentally.
When running a marathon, there are several stops along the way to simply grab a drink of water and take a breather. It’s the same with endurance riding in horsemanship. The riders must stop and take a breather, letting them and their horses rest as people check over them to make sure that they aren’t exhausting themselves.
It should be the same with us as we live our lives. As wonderful as it feels to be constantly moving and getting things done, there are times where we simply need to take a break. Times we should grab a metaphorical drink of water and give our brains a rest or have a little check up to affirm that we are running the race to the best of our ability.
If our lives are constantly go, go, go, we will soon find ourselves exhausted and unmotivated. We sometimes just need to take a breather, lean back, and relax.
Don’t let this cause you to constantly be looking for chances to kick back and be lazy. We shouldn’t use resting as an excuse to avoid responsibility, and there is definitely nothing wrong in the exhaustion that comes from hard work. Simply be aware of yourself, and when a time comes where you feel overwhelmed, rest.
Rest, read the Bible, immerse yourself in God’s word and let it fill you up and re-inspire you.
And that is today’s encouragement! If you’re tired, worn out, or lacking inspiration, go and rest.
Until next time,