Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.”  — Mark 6:31 NLT

“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” — Bansky

Living on purpose is not easy; it requires a lot of energy and intentionality. After God created the heavens and the earth, the bible says he rested. If God needed to rest after his work, I think we do too. God commands his people to sabbath weekly to re-energize and reflect on who he is and all he has done. The religious leaders confused the blessing of sabbath with the burden of rule-following. Jesus made it clear man wasn’t made for sabbath, but sabbath was made for man. Sabbath was God’s plan to help his people. Jesus models this fundamental habit when he consistently invites his followers to leave the public ministry to relax remotely.

Living on purpose requires a rhythm of REST.

REMEMBER – One of the most powerful things we can do when we rest is remember what God has done and who he has called us to be. This is a consistent practice of living from a place of rest. When we remember what God has done and who he has called us to be, we live with confidence he’ll do what he says he’s going to do.

EXERCISE – Our physical health gives energy to our mental, emotional, and spiritual lives. When we are active, we have the capacity to engage with God’s activity in our lives. We all have unique physical challenges, but the key is to take care of our bodies so we can maximize our abilities. Exercise is powerful not only for the body but for the mind and Spirit.

STOP – It’s important for us to put everything on pause for a moment, for days, or for a season. When we stop, we realize our activity and purpose to God. When we stop, we are giving our bodies and minds the ability to recover. Professional athletes spend much of their time and energy on recovery. The better they recover, the better they perform.

TRUST – To rest fully, we must trust God fully. Rest happens when we trust God is in control of our lives, our purpose, and the things we care about. We can’t rest when we are filled with anxiety and fear about our future. When we trust God, we rest well.

This is a very holistic approach to rest. Each of these requires consistent rhythms to experience real rest.

Game Changers understand REST is essential to living on purpose; it pushes us toward our potential and past our pain.


How well do you REST? What aspect of REST do you need to build a rhythm around?


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