Resting, relaxing, renewal, can get a bad rap. Lazy, inactive, sedentary, are words that come to mind. Guilt and self-loathing can be a byproduct.
Busyness, productivity, activity gets in the way of the truly important things in life. Keeping on keeping on leaves no room for contemplation and deep communication with others.
What to do?
Balance and moderation of activity and inactivity seems the way to go. The cycle of daytime and nighttime suggests God built-in times for both during our twenty-four hour days. Who are we to question God?
Matthew 11:28-30 The Message
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Colossians 3:1-2 The Message
So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
Romans 12:2 The Message
Place Your Life Before God
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.