Recovering the Lost Art of Rest: 5 Articles for Your Labor Day

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On Labor Day, some of us look to find moments to squeeze in extra moments of work. We have a hard time resting. But rest is an inherently good — even biblical — thing. God gave us rest as a gift to restore our bodies and nourish our souls.

In honor of Labor Day, take some time to reflect on the importance of rest. We’ve collected a handful of articles and resources to help.

Larry Trotter

Rest and the Good Life

Rest isn’t just good; it’s a fundamental rhythm of the good life, as Larry Trotter of North Wake Church explains in this video from Wisdom Forum: The Good Life. He says,

  • We are looking for love in all the wrong places.”
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Resting in the God Who Loves Me

Ronjour Locke, Instructor of Preaching and Urban Ministry, explains what he learned about rest from a rest retreat. Here’s an excerpt:

  • How could I be so fidgety when the Most High wants me in his presence?” 
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Finding Rest in a World of Workaholics and Slackers

Some of us are tempted towards workaholism, while others of us are tempted towards sloth. Rest is neither, explains Walter Strickland. He writes,

  • Rest also recalibrates the market-drive values of the Western mind.
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Spending Time with a God Who Loves You

Ashley Dannelly reflects on God’s love and how important it is to spend time with Him. She explains,

  • It’s easy to fall for the lie that God expects us to constantly be at work. But that isn’t true. God also wants us to approach Him expecting rest and rejuvenation.
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Turning It Off: Embracing God in the Quiet

Do yourself a favor this Labor Day: Turn off the devices, and embrace the quiet. Annie Lavi explains why in this article.

  • I was leaning on noise to make me feel comforted more than I was leaning on the Lord.”

Enjoy your Labor Day!

Editor’s Note: This article originally published on Aug. 29, 2019.


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