This post is part of our Sunday Series titled “Articles of Faith.”
We investigate leadership lessons from the Bible.
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Have you ever noticed the wind blowing through the trees or the waves lapping up on a sandy shoreline? There is a rhythm about them that is natural and calming to the soul.
The Rhythm of Love
The rhythm is something organic, not contrived by man. It is unforced. The natural, calming, unforced rhythm of blowing wind and crashing waves reminds me of the perfect unforced “God-rhythm” that resonates deep within my being.
Creation displays this rhythm; After which, I believe God desires us to pattern our lives.
Think about how God created the world in six days and then rested on the seventh. He gave us the example of how we need to work, then rest, then work, then rest…and so on. Wayne Cordeiro states a similar conclusion in his book “Leading on Empty.”
Taking breaks during our work actually makes us more productive.
Taking a Break
So how much of a break should we take? the answer is that we should take at least one day off per week, one week off per year. And take off more time if possible. For those in ministry leadership, dealing with heavy emotional and spiritual stresses on a weekly basis, it is imperative that you give yourself this rest.
Don’t think your ministry will survive if you miss one day per week?
Then you desperately need to learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
The key text for Pastor2Pastors.com is Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Obedience & Grace
One reason I love this passage in The Message is the phrasing, “unforced rhythms of grace.” God is speaking here of us finding that place of unforced rhythm in our lives. He wants us to “recover our lives” and find “real rest”, and He shows us that can only be found in Him, “keep company with me”.
Only when we are obedient to God in the same way as the wind and the waves obey Him, will we find this unforced rhythm to our lives. I don’t know about you, but I desire to live my life in the “unforced rhythms of grace”, allowing God to guide me even when it means taking a break and resting with Him.
His word says, “Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.”
When we really follow God, WE are not the driving force. God is. When things feel forced or contrived in order to make us look good or because things just have to get done not matter what, it is not God working, but ourselves. On our own we will be defeated, but when God works in and through us…and we live in the unforced rhythms, it is awesome!
I think it is those times in our lives that we feel most at peace.
What are some situations today in which you need to let God work in and through you and experience His unforced rhythms of GRACE?——————–
Keith Glover is Head Coach at Pastor2Pastors
He helps Pastors & Ministry Leaders take care of themselves to better serve others
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