week 1. replenish.

Written on 01/06/2019

rest allows a tired body to replenish.
Life can be really busy at times. We have school work to focus on, sports and other creative activities, serving others in different ways and in the midst of all that, we might have direct messages or notifications from friends and social media interrupting our daily routine. None of these are bad things in themselves and are even important, we should be available to friends when needed; serving others when there is something we can do and of course getting homework complete. While "busy" is not a bad thing, we need to make sure we find time to rest our bodies physically, mentally and spiritually. Jesus knows the importance of maintaining relationships, it is why he was born 2000 years ago and he knew the importance of resting, he did it often. Even though his ministry on earth only lasted a few years, he had a lot to accomplish but never seemed to be in a hurry or rushed, he knew that our lives for him would be a marathon, not a sprint. Rest allows the body to refuel or replenish and will allow us to continue pouring into other people's lives when we allow God to pour into ours. He designed us, he knows what's best for us and he knows we need rest. The personal relationship Jesus wants with each of us is like a direct messaging system between him and us without the bells and whistles. When we are able to find true rest and peace, even if it is only physical rest, we are not being selfish, we are following in the footsteps of Jesus. 
After reading this week's passages below, brainstorm some ideas with a parent or other trusted adult about ways to find real rest this week and what that might look like for you, maybe start by finding better ways to get physical rest without outside interruptions. Ask them what they do and commit to finding something that works for you. 
Mark 6:30-32
The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught.
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have
a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place
and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.
Luke 4:42
At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place.
The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was,
they tried to keep him from leaving them.