The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told Him all they had done and taught. Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.”
Ask any baseball scout and they will tell you there are long days traveling by car or planes, attending games, scrimmages, or practices, meeting with coaches and prospects, going to pre-draft workouts, summer showcases, college scout days, etc…the countless plates they have spinning at the same time can be endless. It can lead to wearing out, wearing down or burning out do to the lack of prioritizing rest.
However, we need to hit the pause button and and step back for a moment. We were all created by God to work; however, we were also created to get rest for our bodies as well.
In the book of Genesis, God rested after He created the world. In the Ten Commandments we are to honor the sabbath day, which simply means to rest one day a week.
In the verse above, Jesus knew His disciples were going, going, going and doing, doing, doing. They were on the go daily doing ministry. They were excited about all that took place; however, they were tired, weary, hungry, and worn out. And Jesus knew it!
Jesus called a time out and said, “Enough!” When they reported back to Him, He commanded them to go to a solitary, quiet place with Him to eat and rest.
We see the same attributes in the life of Jesus as well. Many times He would get away to a solitary place to rest and spend time alone with His Father in prayer. Even He needed a break from people and rest for His body.
Let this be a lesson for us as well. I encourage you to carve out margin in your schedule weekly to get rest for your body. Get away from the daily grind. We live in a stressful world. It’s vital that we balance our personal life, physical life and professional life.
The go, go, go – do, do, do mentality will burn you out quickly. You will not be an effective leader. You will be no good to yourself, your family, your organization and your spiritual life will suffer.
You will be a “dead leader running,” and that is not a wise place to be.
Because, remember, if Satan can’t make you bad … he will just make you busy. Say “no” to some good things, so you can say “yes” to the best things.
Be Worth Being,
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 38 years, and currently serves as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall), and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga.
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