3rd August 2017
I have written before on the subject of rest and how important it is. Even God rested on the seventh day!
For many years now, I have built times of rest into my weekly and annual diary. I plan my diary 18 months ahead and my evenings off, days off and holidays are some of the first things to go in. For more driven personality types such as myself, this kind of detailed planning may be essential. I have found that by making rest a ‘task’, I ensure that those days off and holidays really do happen.
Rest gives our bodies time to recover, our emotions time to catch up and our minds time to reflect and process thoughts. On slower days, I often find I am able to connect with God in a deeper way. When rested, we can be re-energised for the tasks ahead; it is often during periods of rest that I have some of my best ideas and hear God speak to me most clearly.
Like many of you, I will be taking some holiday over the summer period. I am looking forward to time with Deb and the family, visiting new places and reading some of those books that have been sitting by my bed for a while! Although I will be in the office for some of the summer period, I will be taking a break from blogging for a few weeks. This will therefore be my last post until September. However, some of our other staff members will be writing guest blogs during August so do watch out for those.
If you would like to read more on the importance of rest, do have a look at this paper I wrote a few years ago.
Whatever your plans for this summer, I hope you will be able to take advantage of the longer days and make some time to relax and rest. I look forward to seeing you again in September.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.