The foundation of a restful life is shalom, sabbath, and grace. Listen as Kerri Weems of Celebration Church joins us to talk about the importance of building a rhythm of rest into our days.
Kerri says we need to approach this with a different mindset than the American work mentality. “You can’t store up rest the way you store up other things; it’s a rhythm that has to happen every day.”
Rest is not:
• Time management
• Discipline (“You can practice spiritual disciplines without experiencing spiritual transformation. My spiritual practices had become part of my to-do list. I came to realize that discipline without devotion leaves us an empty shell.”)
• Withdrawing from the world to engage in spiritual practices
• Saying “no” and setting boundaries
What is rest?
• Shalom: The Hebrew word means “Total wholeness from top to bottom; nothing missing, nothing lost.” Anything that divides us is moving us away from shalom. Rather than multitasking, try to focus on one thing at a time; our memories become watered down because we aren’t fully focused when they’re happening.
- Practical tip: When you get home at the end of the day, put your cell phone on airplane mode and focus on your family.
• Sabbath: A place or space in time dedicated to rest, a place for renewal and restoration.
- Practical tip: Schedule time each day to pause and be still – seek wholeness rather than productivity.
• Grace: God’s unmerited favor and His empowering ability.
- Practical tip: Ask yourself three questions when facing a task or opportunity:
- Who put this yoke on me?
- What is motivating me?
- Who am I trying to please?
Kerri’s book is Rhythms of Grace: Discovering God's Tempo for Your Life.