Everyone Needs a Quiet Place to Rest

Workaholics are everywhere!  Workplace exhaustion is a reality and physical fatigue that leads to an unhealthy life is nothing to ignore.  These problems were even around in the first century when was walking the earth spreading the Good News.  Fatigue took place with the on several occasions.  It was not uncommon for to say to his , “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest.” (The Message Mark 6:31)

If taking a break is needful and it is something that recommend why do some people find it so hard to do?  What leads people to push to the brink of total exhaustion?  Before one can understand how to take proper rest it would first help to understand what causes fatigue.  If one of the items listed below is something you deal with you need to take a break.

  • Feelings of no control over your work.
  • No recognition of good work.
  • Lack of reward for hard work.
  • Unclear job expectations.
  • An overly demanding job.
  • Work that is monotonous.
  • Work that is not challenging.
  • Working in a chaotic atmosphere.
  • Dealing with ongoing, high-pressure tasks.
  • No time for relaxing.
  • No time for socialization.
  • Expected to do too much.
  • Expected to please too many people.
  • Taking on too many responsibilities.
  • Having little help from others.
  • Not getting enough sleep.
  • Lack of supportive relationships.
  • Being a perfectionist.
  • Being a pessimist.
  • Being a control freak.
  • Being a Type A personality.

Three Fundamentals of Getting True Rest: Taught by Christ

The actions of Christ teach us as much as his words.  In the Gospel of Mark Jesus teaches a lesson on dealing with fatigue by his words and deeds.  He encouraged the , who were exhausted to practice three fundamental actions.

1. Be Alone

The reason that many people never find the comfort of real rest is because they never allow themselves to be alone.  For some this is a very uncomfortable zone, however, this is where great physical, mental and spiritual recovery can take place.  To leave the crowd and get off by yourself is needed by everyone.

2. Move to a Quiet Place

Moving to a quiet place is an extreme challenge for many people even those who say they enjoy silence.  During one Sunday morning service I was speaking on the subject of prayer and I suggested that we be silent and let the Lord do the talking.  I asked the congregation to join me in five minutes of absolute silence.  I even timed it with my watch.  I must confess that I am not sure I have ever seen a Sunday morning worship crowd that uncomfortable before or since.  Jesus told his disciples that there was a need for them to move away to a quiet place, a place of silence, a place where the mind could rest without noise invading.

3. Take a Break

Americans have all types of addictions.  There is the addiction to alcohol, the addiction to pornography, the addiction to drugs just to name a few. However, there are not many people who are willing to admit that they are addicted to work.  In fact, a large segment of the American culture has come to believe that there is no such thing as “over-working.”  Working to the point of extreme exhaustion is for some a sign of good character.  Hard work does pay off but an addiction to work is just as bad as being addicted to a drug.  Jesus led his disciple to work hard and work faithfully yet he also noticed when a break was needed.  If the Creator who put this universe together in six days took a day off, who in the world do we think we are in not taking time off?

These are easy principles to remember but a challenge to follow: Be Alone, Move to a Quiet Place, TAKE A BREAK!

Who is Dale Roach?

About Dale Roach

Dale is the creator of "Like A Team." He has been working with businesses, charity organizations, volunteer groups and church groups in the development of teamwork for over 25 years. The goal of "Like A Team" is to help share the knowledge and skills of healthy team creators across the planet.
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4 responses to Everyone Needs a Quiet Place to Rest


  1. Jerritta

    Thanks.. a great and needed article!

    • Dale Roach

      Jerritta, it is always good to receive a comment from you. I am glad that you found this article to be helpful.

  2. Hi Dale – I’m new to the Christian Bloggers group on FB and discovered your post. I appreciate your comments very much. I’ve been thinking and writing about the pursuit of excellence and our beliefs around this in my book The Belief Quotient. So many of us are afraid of falling into mediocrity, so we push ourselves past excellence to perfectionism and being consumed with doing. It’s challenging to quiet ourselves – yet we are commanded to rest and be still.
    Blessings!
    Lisa

    • Dale Roach

      Lisa,
      Welcome to Christian Bloggers. I have found it to be a great resource for me. I am glad that you found the “Quiet Place” article to be helpful. I am looking forward to checking your posts out on CB. I would like to encourage you to keep pursuing your goals of peace and rest. I wish someone had talked to me about this earlier in my life. It is challenging to quiet ourselves but it can be some of the best times of life. Peace!
      Dale

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