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Resting When You Are Wired for Work

“It’s hard to rest when you’re wired for work.”

Are you always restless, always striving, always planning, always moving? To what end?

Being busy makes us feel important, but be aware: “Busyness is not from the devil, it is the devil,” claimed Carl Gustav Jung. Busyness kills the silence for which our souls long.

Does the noise created by the activity in your life threaten to drown out your voice when you cry out to God,

“Listen to my cry for help, O God.
Pay attention to my prayer.
From the ends of the earth, I call to you when I begin to lose heart.
Lead me to the rock that is high above me.”

Psalm 61:1-2 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

We cannot rest because our activity leads to worry.

When you think we can create more results and greater impact by being busy; God's plan at times is for you to wait and rest so he can align your life with His purpose. Rest also gives you the opportunity to see where God is working and meet him there.

As a leader, when you awake the temptation is to get down to business. Slowing down to make time for relationships (With God and with others) creates opportunities to speak truth into your colleague’s lives, and to love those around you.

People like us— entrepreneurs, change makers, leaders—are impatient. We want to be in control. We worry because we don't understand our purpose.

Business is not the problem. Worry is not the problem. It is our pride that is the problem, where we think we can create more impact than God can.

Despite all evidence to the contrary, you are not in control of your business.

It is Paul who reminds us in Ephesians 3 that it is God's power that accomplishes infinitely more than we ask or think.

The lilies do not worry; their purpose is to blossom and bring beauty into the world because God enjoys the beauty. The birds do not worry; they understand their purpose is not only to fly but to defy gravity.

The flowers and the birds glorify God by doing what they were created to do.

Think of it this way: Why do birds fly? What did the Creator make birds do?

What did the Creator create you to do? What is your purpose?

Why do you worry?

Worry will weigh you down; anxiety will bind your feet. When you are resting, worry will wake you up, and try to smother you with her pillow.

During a stress-filled time in business, my wife reminded me: “We’re entering a very busy time with travel and our son’s wedding. Don't worry, and enjoy this time of rest. God is aligning things in the future even if you don't see activity now.”

Ask God what he wants you to do today, then wait for it. Rest is a gift, not a sign of weakness.

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