2/5/2021 Junior High Devotional

Devotional 7


Growing up I never understood the need for rest. I was consistently in “go go go!” mode. You might have experienced this before also. The desire to do as many fun things in a day as you can. My weekends going up looked a lot like this:

7 AM wake up
7:30-10AM Cartoons
10-1 PM play outside
1-3 PM eat + watch more cartoons
3-6 PM skateboard
6-9 PM eat + video games
9 PM sleep

This is what every weekend looked like for me. Well, every Sunday. I just loved having fun! I wanted to have as much fun as I could on the weekend. I mean who wouldn’t? I would spend every moment I had free doing something. I was driven by fun. At the same time, I was convinced that my fun was also my rest. I was resting when I felt like I was having fun. I would have consistent fun until every Monday morning. Monday morning would pull around, and all the fun I thought I was having would go out the window. I know no one likes Monday’s, but I especially didn’t like Mondays. I didn’t like Mondays because I was so tired! I felt exhausted. I’d have to drag myself out of bed and get ready for the day. As soon as Monday came around I was already hoping for Friday. 

Looking back on that time I realize that I had the wrong idea of rest. I thought rest meant having fun! Playing outside, playing xbox, and and watching TV. The holy trio of my child hood. Yet I realize now that just because we enjoy something doesn’t mean we actually rest. For example, some people like running.  I say “some people” because I have yet to meet them. But I know they’re out there! Some people like running, which is the opposite of rest. In fact it is work. Just because we like something doesn’t mean we are resting. Whats true for our physical health is also true for our emotional and spiritual health. I think often we will choose to do things that make us more tired, but try and convince ourselves that we are resting. 

Xbox for three hours because the week was hard

TV first thing in the morning because it’s finally the weekend. 

Skateboarding all afternoon because it’s fun. 

I came face to face with the reality that I was not truly resting. I was having fun, but I wasn’t refilling my tank. I wonder how many of us experience unnecessary tiredness because we choose not to truly rest. 

I’ve realized that Jesus has provided a cure for this. It’s called the Sabbath. In Mark 2:27 Jesus says “Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath”. Jesus clearly communicates this truth: we are designed for rest. Our bodies need true rest. The cure to the Monday blues, according to Jesus, is Sabbath. A time of disconnection from the things that take our energy and a connecting to the things that truly recharge our batteries. 

Today I invite you and your family to examine what things in your life you need to rearrange so that you can experience true rest. Jesus is calling you to healthy and energy filled life! The pathway there is understanding our human + divine need for rest. Here are some questions to discuss as a family:

  • Does this activity truly help us rest?
  • Are we able to feel more connected to God, each other, and ourselves because of this Activity?
  • Will I wake up Monday morning ready if I do this?

I pray that you and your family deepen your relationship with God and the Sabbath :)

Author: Andy Palomares, Youth Pastor at Crosswalk SDA Church

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