I have a question for you: When all is said and done in your life, what do you hope will be said about all you have done? May it never be the epitaph that appeared on the gravestone of one unidentified man, which read:
HERE RESTS A MAN WHO NEVER RESTED HERE!
Let me encourage you to ponder that epitaph for a few minutes. Imagine living a life in which the greatest goal was simply increasing its speed! No time to rest . . . No time to pause and smell the roses . . . No time to soak in an early morning sunrise or an early evening sunset . . . Just running on a treadmill that never pauses.
If this picture resonates with you at any level, I have a word of encouragement for you from sacred Scripture:
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away.
In other words, there is a time to work and a time to rest. God Himself set the parameters for His creation order, ordaining six days of work and one day of rest. God knows exactly what we all need, and there is one thing that many people neglect in their pursuit of “success” and “living the good life” . . . and that is rest.
So . . . how well have you been following God’s perfect plan for work and rest in your imperfect life? The key to finding the rest God has called us to lies in finding the work God has equipped us to do. And what is that work? It is expanding the cause of His kingdom—right where we are, doing exactly what we are currently doing right now. You see, God has called all of His children to every imaginable sphere of life to work and serve Him, from the boardroom to the classroom to the locker room to the family room.
Regardless of where this finds you today, God wants to use you to expand the cause of His kingdom. And when you are working toward the fulfillment of His purposes in your life, you can rest in both His promises and His presence. And when you come to the end of your life you can be sure it will never be said about you . . . HERE RESTS ONE WHO NEVER RESTED HERE!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!