Do You Need Time-out?

This entry is part 3 in the series Devotions

Is rest part of your normal day?

Do these words bring tears to your eyes? Do you feel a deep ache at the thought of a “real rest”? Yet rest is not a luxury. It is an essential part of our make-up. If we don’t rest voluntarily, we will become ill—and rest will be forced upon us.

Have you ever stopped to read a book and been consumed by guilt? Do you sometimes sit down with a cup of your favorite beverage and gulp it down before anyone sees you? Have you switched your PC screen for a “quick game” of Solitaire, which may not have been all that quick after all? Do you sometimes want to scream at yet another interruption from those demanding children? (Yes, those same ones you wanted so badly and love so dearly!) 

Divine insight.

In the New Testament of the Bible, Jesus says, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt 1:28 KJV).

Eugene Peterson, who wrote The Message version of the Bible, puts the verse this way: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.” 

My friend, don’t succumb to the lies from Satan, “If you stop work and take a rest during the day, you are weak and lazy,” he’ll tell you. “What will people think if they see you taking a break?” “A whole day off? Don’t be ridiculous. You can’t afford to take time out.”

God, the Almighty Creator, needed rest. He worked for six days—then he took a whole day’s break. If God needed time out, I guess I do too. And you.

Sydney Harris said, The best time to relax is exactly when you do not have the time for it. The best time to relax is exactly when you do not have the time for it. - Sydney Harris Click To Tweet

A Challenge for you

My challenge for you right now is to choose a period of time, or even an entire day, out of the next seven days in this coming week, and mark it off on your diary or your calendar as “Time Out for Me!” And then stick to it. You’ll be surprised. The world won’t stop turning. You will return from your rest with more enthusiasm and inspiration. God took time out. He expects nothing less from us, His children.

Do you wake up each morning and wonder
Why your life seems to keep spinning by?
At the end of the day when the house becomes still
Do you fall into bed with a sigh?

Do you long for the days when your time was your own?
Then feel guilty for thinking that way?
They’re your children, they’re precious, you do love them so,
Yet they need you each second, all day.

Do you wonder if God feels that way when you call?
If He ceases to care what you do?
Well my friend, that’s the wonder, He’s always right there,
He never takes time out from you.
©Shirley M. Corder 2006

A question or three for you.

Do you rest enough? What do you do to relax? Do you ever feel guilty when you take time out from the craziness of daily pressure? Leave a comment below and let’s encourage each other.

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18 comments on “Do You Need Time-out?

    • That’s great, Victoria. I’m trying to get there. I’m definitely better at it than in the past, but I still spend most of the time thinking of things I SHOULD be doing!

  1. I’m getting better at this Shirley – after the last couple of years of stress and carrying too much of other people’s drama, I’ve finally taken ownership of putting my own needs higher up the list and taking time out when things get to be too much. Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL – I’ve shared this on my SM.

    • I really thought I was improving too, Leeanne, but I’ve somehow landed up in the middle of two crazy weeks, juggling my time to get everything in that I’ve committed myself to! I think my next step needs to be “Thursday? Sorry, I already have something on that day, how about next Monday?” Even if Thursday’s committment is early morning, or if I plan to write a blog post! Hmmm. I feel another post coming on….. 🙂

  2. I am a constant doer. I do feel guilty when I am resting and others are not. I have to remember that rest is needed in order to go. And I work odd hours from others in my family. So I’m working when they are resting!

  3. I definitely feel guilt when I just sit and read. I am working on getting enough sleep after years of relentless working. It feels good! Here from MLSTL.

  4. Are we allowed to rest? Seriously though, I do try to find downtime and take advantage of that natural slowing down after lunch. If that’s not the perfect time to rest then I don’t know what is.

  5. The best time to relax is exactly when you do not have the time for it – this quote will stay with me! I try to find tiny breaks in everyday routine, for that me-time and if I don’t get those, I go crazy. As a family too we take mini-vacays to destress. A beautiful thought-provoking post Shirley!

    • Hi, Sue. Thanks for admitting your guilt over lying down with a book! I’m also retired, but I often say I don’t know how I found time to work! Enjoy the rest of the week.

  6. I couldn’t agree more with the quote, Shirley. I have done my bit of running around without any rest and realised that it is not the best way forward. I try and pause longer, have mindful moments in the day, no matter how rushed I am and savour the mundane because I feel gratitude in my heart!
    You might like to check out my ​ ​Parenting post ​from this week. ​

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