I stood in front of the microwave earlier today at work, tapping my foot impatiently as I watched each painful second countdown from 90. Why hadn’t I brought my phone with me? I could have replied to an e-mail, read a book for school, post something pithy on Twitter. “I could be so much more productive right now with my phone.” But no, I left it sitting on my desk. “Rookie mistake,” I told myself, “I’ll be sure to carry it with me the rest of the day for moments such as this.”
Then I got to thinking for the remaining 45 digits on the microwave, productivity is a rest-killer.
I had coffee yesterday morning with a good brother and we talked about having the strength of “Achiever” and how we constantly strive to get things done. Often at the risk of other priorities we hold. We struggle with rest; with balance.
As humans we need rest. Physically we rest every night, approximately one-third of the day, for all of our lives. Hebrews 3 & 4 talk of spiritual rest. God created the Sabbath for us (for both these types of rest), and yet I refuse this rest incessantly, often under the guise of “productivity.”
Nuking that meal today at lunch reminded me to stop. Slow down. Delight myself in the Lord. Allow myself to enter into the rest he has prepared for me (this side of eternity). There is a time to be a diligent worker, certainly. But maybe there’s just as much a need to simply rest.
How should we then live? I am not sure, I still strive for a balance in my life. Even though sometimes I feel like I rest adequately, I know I can be even more still. Even more quiet.
What do you think, is productivity a killer of rest? Are you able to enter into the rest prepared for you today? How do you balance rest and achievement/productivity in your life? I would love to hear your thoughts below!