God has been showing me the importance of rest. In my last post, Finding Peace in the Busyness, I shared about how I allowed busyness to take over my life the past couple of years. I went from being a busy college student to being an unemployed graduate. Over time, I thought that the busyness I was gaining meant that I was getting somewhere in my life. Last summer, I found that I was becoming discontent with the way things were and I knew I needed to make some changes. Here are the changes I have been gradually implementing this summer and I hope it may resonate with you:
Finding quiet has allowed me to find my voice and the heart of what I truly want to do. I have removed the unnecessary “yes attitude” that I had for everything and have begun to refine my schedule in order to do what’s lifegiving and beneficial for the work I already do.
What I discovered after saying no to the good things and yes to the right things, was that I needed to focus on where I wanted to grow. How did God want to use me and how should I spend my time? I am changing the way I go about my daily life and have formed habits that have grounded me in faith and work.
The challenge for me with rest is being intentional with how I spend my time. I have had to relearn what it means to actually rest. I have found that I need to prioritize my sleep schedule, go on walks to find solitude, and sit in nature and soak up the Lord’s presence. Rest has called me to stop and just be. It’s done my soul a lot of good.
Intentionality brings change and change takes time. This journey is my every day life and I have found that in order to have the life I want, I need to be in communication with the Lord while practicing patience. A perfect life is unattainable, however, a life with meaning and purpose is one worth working towards. That’s what I desire and that’s what I will continue to pursue.
What about you? Do you find yourself in a similar situation? Have do these changes resonate with you?