The Gift of Rest – Leaders Rest

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Leaders Rest Is Crucial

Leaders Rest – that thing many leaders know about but pretend it does not exist. I am glad someone took the time to speak to Christians about how important it is to rest. After all, God rested and he also wants us to know when it is time to slow down.

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Leaders Rest

Leaders Rest Is Important

“God took time to rest after creation. Jesus took time to rest in the midst of his busy ministry. This mandate is throughout the bible from Genesis to Revelation”

Crickett Keeth distinguishes between exhaustion and burnout that we bring on ourselves because of misplaced priorities; or failure to say no to things that God did not tell us to do. She compares this with exhaustion brought on by the season we are in, such as a young mum with a house full of kids or a caregiver.
Whatever the reason one is exhausted, rest is very important if we are to continue giving our best. The author speaks of something called soul rest that I have never heard of before. This is actually a very interesting concept and makes perfect sense.

“We may not be able to experience the physical rest we desire but we can still find rest in those times of no rest – soul rest. We find that soul rest by spending time in His Word and in His Presence”

This is a very simple to follow workbook type resource. The author directs the reader to scriptures that will show why rest is so important. Many ministers will feel less guilt after reading this book; rest is underestimated by too many leaders.

Leaders Rest

I loved the fact that the author touched on the subject of grumbling. At first I could not see why this was in a book that was written about rest. Then I realized that grumbling can be a spin off from lack of rest. So many negative things can happen when the body lacks rest and grumbling is one of them.

The gift of rest is a great resource for individuals as well as small groups!



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24 Responses

  1. As leaders, it’s so easy to believe that things will fall apart if we rest, but if we are leading our organizations well, they’ll be fine without us. And even if we’re not, we can’t run our organizations well if we lack rest!!!

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Lisa you have said it so right….if we are good leaders then things should not fall apart if we have to take a few days off

  2. May we all strive to rest in him — always. 🙂

  3. Pamela says:

    I’ve been in burnout as a pastor’s wife and it takes a long time to get back to health. Self care is important — and allowing someone else to take over our responsibilities without trying to steer the wheel.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Pamela I am sorry to hear about your burnout but happy to know you are doing okay now. We must learn to rest because God said so…simply put

  4. De Bolton says:

    Resting is essential in the recovery, rebuilding, and one of the most fundamentals of wellness for everything God has created. Yet, we fight it and put it last on our priority list. I agree we must rest!

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      De sometimes I think many Christian leaders think it is “Christian” to operate without rest. It is so important. We can’t be of much help to anyone if we do not take the time to get rejuvinated

  5. Faith says:

    So important! I have to remember to not say what comes to my mind when I’m tired and stressed – it will usually be worthless and unkind.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Yes Faith it can be if we are not careful and that is why rest is so very important for Christian leaders

  6. Allison says:

    I needed to hear this! As a pastor’s wife, sometimes it’s difficult to rest, but we need to remind ourselves that we need it!

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Allison oh yes, yes and yes again. If God rested, I wonder why we think we don’t need to rest

  7. Marissa says:

    It is so true that the more people are relying on your leadership, the less you allow yourself a time of not striving to reach their perceived need. The thing is leaders have to be rested and fueled in order to give and serve and be the example those who are following need.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Marissa you have hit the nail on the head…we can’t really give our all if we are not rested and fueled

  8. Caroline says:

    Sounds like something I need to read 😉 I could use some rest

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Caroline please take the time to rest. Rest as often as you can because only then can you really be of help to those you serve

  9. Marie says:

    So many struggle with resting. I know I use to. Jesus took time to rest and who are we compared to Him?

    Thanks for this review

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Marie for a long time I was the head cook and bottle washer at church until God spoke to me about it. We have to strike that balance

  10. Kay says:

    It’s so important to take a break from certain things every now and then so we don’t lose our fire!

  11. I keep feeling like if I plan better, I can get everything done. Even just as a mom and small group leader, blogger, wife, I find that I want to try to be all good things to all people as a witness of Christ, but I need to learn better how to rest mentally, not just physically.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Jennifer you are exactly right. Even if I am not there physically it is as if I can’t shut off my brain. Burnout is a terrible thing and unfortunately too many Christians are all burnt out. You can’t be of much help if you are burnt out

  12. I agree its very important to take a break when needed. I am taking the summer off for Sunday School and then getting back into this fall.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Mihaela Christian leaders are notorious for playing hero. Someone we feel like the whole thing is going to fall apart if we take a break…..It is however so very important so I am glad someone is speaking out about it in book form

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