Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. -Matthew 11:28
Peace. Tranquility. Rest.
We are on a universal search for the freedom from anxiety and stress.
For some reason a picture of someone in the lotus position has become the epitome of someone who has discovered a true sense of peace and rest. A moment of tranquility is a “Zen moment.” With all this talk about peace peace and rest there is no talk of faith, just a general absorption of fact: this lifestyle of yoga, meditation, and simplicity will bring a sense of internal calm and centeredness in our chaotic lives.
Urban Dictionary describes Zen as A. “a total state of focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind” or B. “complete and absolute peace.” (Zen is associated with Zen Buddhism.)
Judeo-Christianity also has its own special word for peace: Shalom. This word has a wide variety of meanings including to be safe, sound, healthy, perfect, complete (1Ki 7:51, Neh 6:18.) Shalom also extends to peace with God, a relationship Zen does not address.
For personal peace to exist there must be an acknowledgement that the short comings I see in myself and the worries I have about the future are taken care of somehow. That can only happen with an acknowledgement of God and his son, Jesus, who the Bible calls the Prince of Peace.
In John 14:27 Jesus told his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”
25 Ways to Add Rest to Your Life
One of the primary reasons I created this space at Faith Reboot was to tackle the issue of performance burnout… which I get all too well. (Spiritual performance is the exact opposite of the rest and relationship Christ desires.) Legalistic doing makes us feel weary instead of enjoying our life in Christ.
I have created a free download of 25 things (practical and spiritual) you can do to add rest to your life. Some of them you can do immediately. Others are habits to create. Still others are designed to add times of rest Today, This Week, This Month and This Year. Simply subscribe below to Faith Reboot and you’ll receive this free printable, downloadable immediately. As a Subscriber you’ll be the first to receive updates from Faith Reboot, plus of course I’ll make sure you’re the first to read upcoming blog posts.
The Lord wants you to enjoy rest in Him.