We all need a time of rest. It is so easy to get over-committed doing good things. But all of us need to recognize the value of practicing Holy Rest. The scriptures teach us that God rested on the seventh day. If God needed to rest, so should we. It was not just a time to regain strength, it was also a time to celebrate the good that had been accomplished. Keeping the Lord’s Day was also part of the 10 commandments God gave Moses. Work is good, but rest is also needed to celebrate what has been accomplished, offer thanks and praise to God, and spend time with family and nurturing relationships. Make certain you are finding time to rest in the rhythm of your week and also an extended time of rest in the rhythm of your year, as you spend quality vacation time with family. When you rest you recharge your energy, re-center your life, reconnect with vital relationships, and revitalize your relationship with God. Re-discover the sacredness of rest.
Dr TJ Jenney, PhD
Dr. T. J. Jenney, Ph.D. is a seasoned pastor and leader who has served churches as well as served as a campus minister and chaplain for police and fire departments as well as the Air Force Auxiliary. Dr. Jenney also served as a faculty member at Purdue University, serving as an adjunct professor in Organizational Leadership. His experience includes serving as a president and CEO of non-profit organizations. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Higher Education Administration from Purdue and an M.Div and an S.T.M. from Yale University. He served as a contributing editor of William B. Eerdmans Bible Dictionary (1989) and Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000), as well as written articles for journals.