|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Take care of your body”
Our Bible verse for today: “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Take a break and get some rest”
One of my all-time favorite non-Christian books about health, physical fitness, and living a balanced life is “Toughness Training for Life” by James Loehr. (Next week I’ll tell you about some of my favorite Christian books on this subject).
In his book Dr. Loehr explains that when it comes to achieving and maintaining a healthy and balanced life the most common missing element for most people is adequate rest. Now again, the title of the book is, “Toughness Training for Life”. It’s all about being mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually tough, healthy, and balanced. But we don’t typically associate resting with being tough. Instead we think of the tough person as being the one who can keep going and who never stops.
The truth is that if you don’t rest and recover properly you won’t be tough for long. That’s true with respect to life in general, and it is also true with respect to exercise. In general, for good health your body needs to be kept active but then it needs to rest. It needs regular periods of sleep, preferably at the same time every night. If your body doesn’t get the sleep it needs, it will quickly begin to break down. Likewise with respect to exercise, your muscles need to be worked hard and they need to be rested well.
Dr. Loehr writes, “Recovery is an important word and a vital concept. It means renewal of life and energy. Knowing how and when to recover may prove to be the most important skill in your life.”
This is what Jesus was teaching us in Mark 6:31. Often we over-spiritualize the teachings of Jesus and we conclude that every lesson has a spiritual meaning only, as if there were no physical, earthly applications to it. But in Mark 6:31 He was simply telling his guys that they needed a break from work and responsibilities and from everything else they had going on. They needed to sleep and hang out and shoot-the-breeze. They needed to stop walking, stop working, stop stressing, and just rest. That’s true for us too.
I encourage you to rest well this weekend. Take some time to rest and nurture your body, mind, and spirit. Sleep well, relax, and come to church. Next week we will continue our discussion about the importance of balance in life.