When was the last time you took a long walk, read a good book, or just rested while watching the sunset? Many of us feel guilty when we spend more than ten minutes being “unproductive.” We have been sold a bill of goods that the committed Christian is the busy Christian—constantly involved with people, programs, and producing results.
And because many Christians relentlessly drive themselves to constant productivity, they often view those who enjoy regular leisure time as undisciplined and irresponsible. We’ve been programmed to believe that fatigue is next to godliness, that it’s better to burn out than to rust out. But either way, we’re “out,” which means we can’t finish the race God has set before us.
So, if your work has become your all-consuming interest or your greatest source of identity, worth, and security, this lesson is for you. Though it may feel unnatural, sit back, put up your feet, and allow yourself to get a grip on leisure.
Genesis 2:1–2; Matthew 6:24–34; Ephesians 5:15–16
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