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Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Sometimes rest means sleeping in late and being lazy. But, sometimes rest means camping and being active. I just got back from two days of the latter (hence the lack of posting here). It was restful (and now I'm tired). It was the kind of rest every soul needs from time to time. I don't think everyone needs to go out into the woods to camp, but we all need an active-rest; we need a time when we're working at a task that isn't our job and we can find rest in it.

Not long ago I heard about the rhythm of spiritual discipline. Being away from people naturally leads to being with people. Being with people leads to times of solitude. It's not that one is more important than the other, but that both are necessary for a healthy life. The same is true of rest and work.

Work should drive us to rest as rest should renew us for work. How do you rest well?

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