“As long as we are working hard, using our gifts to serve others, experiencing joy in our work along with the toil, we are always in danger of believing that our actions trigger God’s love for us. Only in stopping, really stopping, do we teach our hearts and souls that we are loved apart from what we do.”
Lynne Baab from Sabbath Keeping: Finding Freedom in the Rhythms of Rest
This grey issue of performance vs rest is one of my toughest battles. I’m a driven achiever who constantly struggles with finding my identity in my work.
Unfortunately this is quite common for those of us who lead. We carry a weight of responsibility for leading and guiding others that has an endless stream of things to do… work to be done. And when you add a ministry context to that equation, the idea of ever stopping feels somehow like you’re shirking that responsibility when you choose to stop.
So, how do you stop? How do you force yourself to break from the endless string of responsibility and trust in God’s faithfulness?