by Jason Romano
Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
We are so busy. The new year is upon us and when we look at other people’s lives, all we see is “busyness.”
I recently asked a person how they were doing via text and their first answer was “busy” followed by “but its a good busy.”
I’m guilty of that response too. But when I look at my life, I ask two questions …. “Am I really THAT busy?” and “Do I ever rest?”
During my time at ESPN, I would often go many days where I couldn’t even take a full lunch break. I felt like if I missed out on something, I wouldn’t be able to complete the work that I was expected to finish. So I’d go to the cafeteria, grab lunch, come back to my desk, and continue on working.
I’ve heard it said from some people during my time at ESPN that we need to grind and work long hours and do whatever it takes. “We’ll rest when we die” was a common phrase heard from various people.
But over the years as I’ve adjusted to this new life of working from home, traveling, speaking, I’ve learned that rest is absolutely vital. During the day, it is imperative that we take a break somewhere along the way. Even if its five minutes to get away from work, it can really be useful in recharging our brains, allowing us to be more useful at work and more useful in the most important places like our homes and with our families.
Even the Bible gives us a Sabbath day telling us that we should rest (Although many of us still work or do anything BUT rest on Sundays).
This week, as we look into the first full week of the new year, make it a point to take a break and allow yourself to rest. It’s not a sign of weakness if you stop for a minute or five or ten or 30. Make it a point in 2019 to be more intentional about slowing down and resting.
Have a great week.
Jason Romano is a speaker, author, media consultant and church leader with over 20 years of professional broadcasting experience on the regional and network level. Jason is now the host and producer of the Sports Spectrum podcast where he interviews athletes, coaches, and other personalities on the intersection of sports and faith.
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