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The Art of Resting [Devotion]

The Art of Resting [Devotion]

By Jasmine Green on November 04, 2013

These days, more than ever, I think we’ve become incredibly busy. There’s so much that goes into our days and weeks, and balancing all of this – family, work, church, sports, hobbies, appointments, vacations and so on – has become the norm.

You’d think then, that resting would be easy, especially for those who are on the go all the time. Surprisingly, it’s not.

Even being connected 24/7 to our social worlds – Twitter, Facebook and the Internet never sleep – and along with a quick check of our emails, it’s easy for 30 minutes to suddenly slip by.

None of this is wrong, of course. It’s what we do in our everyday lives, and things do need to be done and get done.

But are we having more “Martha Days” than “Mary days”?

In Luke 10, Martha is busy preparing a big dinner for Jesus, and becomes upset that her sister, Mary, isn’t helping her out. Rather, Mary is sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to him speak.

Jesus says to Martha,

“There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:42 NLT).

I’ll admit, I’m the first to put my hand up and say I tend to be a like a Martha, running about and ticking off my to-do list of things.  But with all the things that need to be done today and this week, I encourage you (and myself!) to make time for some real rest.

Finding your rest time with Jesus is not always easy when there are dinners to prepare, but as Jesus said, it’s the one thing worth being concerned about.

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Jasmine Green

Jasmine Green

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Jasmine is (in priority order) a follower of Jesus Christ, a Music Director at Riverlands Christian Church together with her husband James, a Worship Leader and lyricist for Australian praise and worship band Seeing Verity, and a dreamer with unscaled proportions.

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