One challenge nobody warned me about when I became a starry-eyed mom was how laundry would soon become a stumbling block. Literally. I walk by the hallway where laundry baskets are lined up, and it looks like raccoons got into them. Despite my constant effort, I’m never caught up. And some days, I just want to give up. I just want to rest.
I think of stress in a similar way. I wake up and stress greets me, just like that pile of laundry. Sometimes, I walk right by and refuse to acknowledge its existence. If I don’t see it, it can’t touch me, right? But eventually, I’ll find myself trapped and surrounded by one anxious thought after another.
Stress seems to be so embedded in our modern lives that we’ve come to breathe it like oxygen. Emails, social media, doctor appointments, and a To Do list filled with growing unchecked boxes are all part of my reality.Is it possible to ever be free from stress when there is always work to be done?
God designed us to be fully alive: creative, engaged with community, and renewed by a sense of adventure. Without these elements of creativity, community, and adventure; we experience a different kind of stress – soul stress.
I was surprised to find that rest is one of three ambitions that the Bible explicitly calls us to in 1 Thessalonians 4:11, "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet (restful) life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you.”
Hesuchazo is the Greek word used for “quiet” and “rest.” I was so intrigued by the ambition to rest, I looked up Scriptures using “Hescuchazo” and categorized the results into three buckets: Creativity, Adventure, and Community. Since then, I’ve learned to pursue rest and see it as a biblical ambition.
Here are nine ways for you to pursue biblical rest, even when a few unchecked boxes remain on your To-Do list.
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