Who are you working for?

My idea of a perfect evening, starting precisely at 5 p.m., includes a sweaty run, a hot shower, a home-cooked meal, a dishwasher, a captivating book and a sweet kiss goodnight.

Work is not invited.

But, some days it’s just so tempting.

When I get fully absorbed in my work, I turn into the Energizer bunny: I just keep going and going and going. I spend my nights checking email, my weekends prepping for Monday and my lunch breaks cleaning my inbox.

{Proof: five minutes ago I was writing work emails. It’s now 8 p.m.}

As I grow in my career, I’m starting to understand a simple, slightly depressing truth.

You can only do so much.

The work never ceases. No matter how much time we put in, there’s always more to do.

So, who are we working for? Our bosses, our families, ourselves? When is it time to close the laptop, turn off the cell phone, lock up the office?

Resting, in moderation, is a beautiful thing. God invites us to rest. “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

In our ever-connected world, where it’s often considered an outright sin to stop moving forward, rest is a luxury that many workers go without. I’ve experienced it firsthand.

The real Boss of my life doesn’t expect me to work non-stop. In fact, He set aside one day every week, when I’m supposed to relax, reflect on His word, be with my family, talk to Him, breathe.

Physical laborers and Blackberry-addicts alike, we all need rest—daily. Recharging is not only good for our bodies and minds; it’s good for our spirits.

So whether it’s your boss on earth or your own over-achieving self expecting you to work around the clock, remember what your real Boss wants. He’s waiting with open arms whenever you need rest.

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