“Rest is for the weak.”
“Only the lazy rest.”
“You have to constantly work if you want to be the best.”
“The hustle never ends. It’s 24/7.”
“Success never rests.”
“You are given a limited amount of time- maximise it.”
“Chilling and resting is a waste of time”
“Reduce your sleeping hours by x hours a day, and at the end of the year, you have x amount of extra days more compared to others.”
Familiar lines, aren’t they?
These are the sort of things our favourite hustling Gs, our respected self-made financially successful businessmen, and our idolised entrepreneurs turned motivational speakers share about all the time.
It always relates to their work ethics, and their dedication to be “at the top of the game”.
And, to be at the top of the game, they preach about how they have to work more, hustle harder, and to toil longer hours to outwit, outsmart, outmaneuver, and outrun their competitors.
Don’t get me wrong- I do believe the importance of working hard and smart for my own success and career growth.
I do believe that as overcomers, I do need to give our all our might and strength to deliver quality results in whatever I’m tasked to do.
I do believe in being “at the top of my game”, and having a commendable work ethic.
“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”
However, I also, do believe in the concept of a sabbatical rest.
I do believe in the concept of work-life balance.
I do believe in resting after the work is done for the day.
In fact, did you know God, too, rested?
The mightiest being on this world gave Himself rest at the end of His “work” day, and continued on “working” on building His universe the next day. At the end of the week, He took the 7th day off, and rested.
“And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when He rested from all His work of creation.”
Throughout the 7 days, God completed all the daily tasks He had set out to do within each day. In each day, He saw the things He made, and it “was good!”
After completing His good works for the day, God stopped working when evening came, and resumed work in the morning.
“And there was evening, and there was morning”
Genesis 1:5; 8; 13; 19; 23; 31
God could have chosen to work all day and all night to complete the earth within a shorter period of time. Yet He didn’t.
God chose to do the amount of work that He was required to do within the day, and He began to unwind and rest once evening came about.
How many times do we find ourselves overworking instead of resting?
How many times are we prioritising our work moreso than our bodies and our minds by restricting the rest they so desperately need?
How many times are we taking time out to care, to tend, and to love ourselves by giving our bodies, our minds, and our souls the rest they need to recover?
Again, don’t get me wrong- sometimes I do sacrifice sleep to get some work done because whatever I’ve completed for the day didn’t feel enough, despite it being “good”.
But, most of the time, I didn’t need to do the extra work- the work could have been completed the next day.
In my pursuit of wanting to complete my work despite it being late at night, I find myself wanting more rest the next working day.
My performance suffers; my work quality drops; my mind isn’t atuned to the situation at hand; my mental cohesion dips.
All because I didn’t rest.
Too often enough, I find myself toiling and pushing my physical and mental limits.
To be honest, I didn’t even realise the state of tiredness I am in until I spent one Sunday sleeping in, and lazing around without thinking about work, doing something, or moving about.
It was a great change- to be able to rest peacefully.
I felt recharged and rested.
I felt much better physically and mentally, despite not accomplishing any sort of work, task, or errand.
Instead of starting the week on a low, sunken, jaded, and tired note, I get to go into the office fresh, fully rested, excited, and beaming with energy!
Rest is not solely for the weak, the uninitiated, the lazy; rest is for the strong.
Through rest, we get to grow and develop ourselves even further by keeping ourselves in tip-top condition!
Through rest, we find the strength, the capability, and the mental acuity to overcome circumstances and situations.
Instead of punishing our bodies by limiting rest and sleep, we as overcomers need to look at life with a long-term perspective.
We will need to sustain our bodies and health for the years to come.
Don’t let the accumulated lack of sleep and rest, and its negative health repercussions be the bane to our lifestyle!
And, through rest, we can maintain our body’s capabilities, functionalities, and health to live an uncompromised and quality lifestyle throughout the years to come.