The Gift of Rest – Leaders Rest
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 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.
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!