I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

We’ve all heard the quote before, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”  It’s the ultimate saying that feeds into the go, go, go/pull yourself up by your bootstraps mentality.  And this saying doesn’t just apply to corporate America or the workforce in America, but this way of thinking is fully engulfed in the American ministry world.

In student ministry, this way of thinking takes the shape of running the maximum amount of programs or bible studies, attending every sporting event, every school play, hanging out with students whenever they ask you, or meeting with leaders 5 mornings a week.  But in all that craziness, when is your time with God?  When is your time with your spouse?  When is your time with your family?  Friends?

Summer tends to provide opportunities to do those things listed above.  Sit down, relax, spend time with family, do things that energize you, and sit in God’s presence.

This is a tool that we have used to help us balance work and rest.  This was developed by Mike Breen and the 3DM team.  It’s a LifeShape called the Semi-Circle.

This is rooted in John 15, in the understanding of how we can be fruitful, “and that is by recognizing that we will have seasons of growth and seasons of pruning, of work and rest, of advance and of retreat, of doing and of being.”  It’s important to recognize what season you are in and find your balance between work and rest.  Another idea that comes to light in the Semi-Circle through the scriptures is what Genesis 1 and 2 teaches us about how we work from rest, not rest from work.  After God created us on the 6th day, the 7th day, our first day on earth, was a day of rest for us.  After that we begin our work.  Therefore, we work from rest, not rest from work.  It’s important for us to rest in God’s presence in order to work effectively and to be fruitful.  Mike Breen and Alex Absalom phrase it like this in their Huddles Guide, “Everything comes from abiding, or remaining, in Christ (John 15:4-5).  If you want to be fruitful, you must draw everything from Jesus the vine and allow the Father to prune you as He sees fit.”

So maybe the most effective thing that you can do for yourself, your marriage, your family, and your ministry this summer, and in this season, is to abide and rest in God’s presence before you set out to conquer the world.

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