No matter how hard you’re working, it’s important to take breaks and appreciate the good that you have going on in your life. Each one of us should be pursuing the fulfillment of the vision God has for our lives, but in the midst of that, we cannot forget that the Lord prescribed rest for each and every one of us. Yes, it’s very important to work hard, and it is paramount that we are not distracted on our quest to meet our destiny, but it is just as important to make sure that you appreciate the journey and are well aware of what you already have in your hands.
Yesterday, April 13, 2013, was a perfect day to do just that. I know it’s not exactly pleasant in every city across the country, but here in Durham, North Carolina, it was a near perfect day. The temperature was mild, the sun was shining, and my allergy meds helped me make it through the day without losing a lung or gouging out one of my eyes. So, since the conditions were perfect and I had worked hard during the week, I felt okay taking the day to just relax with my wife. We went to the farmer’s market, enjoyed some Bob Evan’s breakfast, and went out to play tennis, among other things. It was a leisurely lovely day, and I praise God for it.
You never want to become so focused on achieving your goals that you neglect the opportunity to rest and spend quality time with those who are most important. Your family and you are your first ministries. The word of God teacches that we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. If I don’t love myself in a way that is healthy, then it is impossible for me to do the same for someone else. So, my simple message to anyone who reads this today is to make sure that you find a way to appreciate the “pretty” in your life. It shouldn’t only happen on rest days either; make an effort each day to find the bright light, the silver lining, or the reason to consider the cup half full. As you do that, you will increasingly find that your testimony for any day that ends in “y” is that “Today was a good day”.