Remember this, especially at Christmas

by Sam O'Neale, Managing Editor,

I was hunting around on the internet for a quotation about rest this morning, and I came across a Spanish Proverb that goes something like this: "It is a beautiful thing to do nothing, and to rest afterwards." At first I thought that was exactly what I was looking for. It's kind of catchy, huh? But the more I think about it, the more I don't like it.

That's because the proverb gives me the impression that rest is a luxury. Something nice to experience every now and again. But I think it's pretty clear from Scripture that rest is a necessary element of human life, and especially of the Christian life. "It is a vital thing to do nothing, and to rest afterwards" is more like it. "It is a commanded thing."

So let me ask you: when was the last time you had a legitimately restful day?

(from Christianity Today daughter publication Small Groups Newsletter)