Posts Tagged ‘rest’

Early Start

April 7, 2011

When I was a college student I thought that it would be handy if I were able to get by on less sleep.  It seems that I am now being granted my wish.  There are nights when  I will go to sleep about eleven and wake up at three.  I will toss and turn, trying unsuccessfully  to go back to sleep.  I have finally decided that I might as well accept, that on those mornings, I will get an early start to my day.  This happens maybe three or four times a month.  I have heard that other people my age have similar experiences, so I am not worried about it.  I feel fine.  I simply get more hours in my day, just like I wanted thirty years ago.

How Did You Sleep?

June 15, 2010

“How did you sleep?”  My father-in-law would ask.

“Lying down”  I would reply.

Early in my married life this exchange would take place each morning when we were visiting the in-laws.  I never really understood why my father-in law would ask the question.  It seemed odd to me at the time.  I didn’t always get as much sleep as I would like, but I always slept good.

Now that I am older I understand the question.  There are some nights that I don’t sleep well.  Either my mind is too active, or my body is too sore, or there may be no known reason, but sleep is sometimes elusive.  I now appreciate the value of a good nights sleep, and so I now understand the question.

How did you sleep?

(Oddly enough, my son asked me that very question, just this morning.)


March 2, 2010

The other night, Gloria was off at a ladies meeting, and I choose to do…nothing.

Well, actually, I sat quietly and let myself relax.  I thought about stuff.  I prayed about some things.  I had lots of work that I could do.  There were plenty of activities that could have occupied my time, but I just did…nothing. 

As a general rule my life is very, very busy.  I have more things to do than I can ever get done, so I try to prioritize and do what is most important according to my time and energy levels.  Normally, if I am not working on something, I am involved in recreational pursuits, or what I call active rest.  Active rest includes things like television, reading, listening to music, using the internet, and so forth.  These activities are relaxing, but not necessarily restful, and certainly not the same as quiet reflection.

Taking time to disengage gives one the opportunity to both relax and think.  Our busy lives do not seem to allow much time for casual reflection.  I know that it is a rare thing for me.  Perhaps it would do us some good to slow our lives down occasionally; to stop and smell the roses, and maybe even think about how good they smell.

Almost There

December 2, 2008

The other day, I blogged about driving in winter weather.  I was so glad to be home.  As we got closer to home, I mentally checked off the towns.  It was a tremendous relief to reach the end of the journey.

The fall semester will be over next week.  I used to think that only students were happy to reach the end of the semester.  Now I know better.  I am looking forward to a break as much as most students.

In my family, we have three in college.  I teach, and both of my sons are students.  All of us will be finished soon.  We are all almost there.

Time Out

November 25, 2008

I can’t remember the details, but the other day I saw a cartoon on television where a little girl quietly asks a monster that is running amok if they needed a time out.  Children are sometimes given time outs as punishment, but sometimes as an opportunity to simply wind down.

Last night, I sat in our living room watching a fire burn in the fireplace, listening to Christian music.  In a way, I was doing nothing, but in a way I was doing something very important.

I was taking a time out.

I suspect that we have a tendency to be way too busy.  In my life, I know that between church, school and home, I have enough work to do to be busy all the time.  That is not a good thing.  I think that we all could use a time out now and then.  Actually, I think it should be a regular part of our life.  By the way, watching television is not what I mean by a time out. When we watch television we are processing incoming information.  There is a steady stream, and we are constantly receiving additional input.  Watching television is not the same as quietly sitting and thinking about stuff… or simply letting your mind and spirit settle down. 

Do you need a time out?

The Sabbath Rest

June 5, 2008

Today is Thursday, which means it is Friday for me.  What that means is that I take Fridays off, so today is the end of my work week.  There will be no new post on Friday.  I am a firm believer in taking a sabbath.  As a minister, Sunday is my most important work day, so I have selected Friday as my sabbath. 

I have not always taken a day off.  When I was a teenager I worked in the store that my parents owned.  I was in school or working probably every day for a long time.  I remember asking about the sabbath and I was told that if one did something different from what one normally did, that was a sufficient break.  

When I got married, my new bride was shocked that I was going to do some work around the house on a Sunday.  It was not that she was shocked that I was going to do some work; she had been brought up that you did not cut the grass or do other yard work, or housework, on Sundays, that it was a day for worship, rest and recreation.  At the time, I was a student in college and the thought of taking an entire day off seemed like an impossible dream.  I thought that I would never get everything done that needed to be done.  However, being a newlywed, I quickly agreed to give it a try, never thinking that it would work. 

It did. 

Over twenty years later, I am a firm believer in taking a Sabbath.

I work six days a week and the seventh day I rest.  Does that sound familiar?  Like maybe you’ve heard it somewhere?  It is one of the ten commandments, in case you have forgotten.  “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” (Exodus 20:8 )

You might say that we are not under the law.  I would remind you that Jesus said “Man was not made for the Sabbath, but the Sabbath was made for man.” (Mark 2:27) We need the day of rest for our own well being.  From the very beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth and rested on the seventh day, it was not because He was tired and needed a break, it was to set the example for us to follow.  It is good for us. 

I will write again on Saturday, which is my Monday..sort of.