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Chapter 14: "Heath Through Rest"
- An earlier chapter discussed the need for margin in our physical strength. The present chapter focuses on the need for physical, emotional and spiritual rest.
- "We have leisure but little rest." (Page 194) He is right. Most of our "leisure" is so distracted that it is not truly refreshing. We have so many things that can entertain us that we gravitate towards them. Unfortunately the rest that they present is lacking. "People in the Western world have leisure. We do not need to slave every minute in order to eat. But only a few appear to have rest." (Page 197)
- "There is no glory in rest." (Page 195) When have you heard a preacher praised because he disciplined himself to have periods of rest in his life? I think rest can be like taking the time to sharpen the ax instead of continuing to chop when the blade is getting dull.
- In resting our emotions, he challenges us to seek out quiet. I see in my own life where my emotions are worn and I need recharged. Yet, other than this seeking out quiet, I feel lost as to the practical ideas of how to rest emotionally. With physical rest, it is much easier for me to see what to do to repair my worn down body. Do any of you have any insight into resting emotionally?
- Familial relationships are fractured at best in America. I think it will be a challenge for us all of our lives to not let cultural norms shape our expectations of how familial relationships should be. It seems that deep relationships can be a balm for emotional healing, but if we are not working at those relationships, there will be no help for the ailment.
- Do any of you try to incorporate a type of "Sabbath?" If so, what do you do? For awhile, Viola and I have been trying to make it a habit to do no extra work on Sundays. Yes, she cooks, and I may do a few odds and ends, but we don't allow ourselves to do homework, extra language study, etc. It is a little thing, but it is helping us shape a time of relaxation and an atmosphere for potential spiritual rest.
I've had my say, what say you?
Discussion on Chapter 13
Discussion on Chapter 15