It’s not easy working with young adults aged 16 – 24 years old. Many of our students come from troubled homes, some have witnessed unspeakable horrors first-hand, and others believe themselves worthless. But, the rewards of seeing them transform themselves into productive citizens is far greater than any paycheck can satisfy.

At an all-staff meeting Monday our Center Director asked, “How many are looking forward to the students returning next week from summer break?” No one spoke until one brave person said, “I’m not.” It was obvious to me that he needed more time to rest.

In Hebrews 4:10 (ESV) St. Paul states:

“for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from His.”

As Christians, it takes effort for us to be in God’s rest. We must labor through prayer and the daily battle against temptation in order to be in His place of safety and serenity. Godly rest appears to be a place of passivity, but it takes great effort to achieve it.

When I feel exhausted and stretched to the end of my rope, perhaps resting is not what I need. It might be an indication that I must redouble my efforts to exercise my faith, show due diligence to prayer and communion with my Saviour, and strive even harder to attain the only true comfort there is: In Him.

Right now the corridors of our school are quiet: Conversations echo and bounce off the waiting walls. I too am enjoying the peace but, I most certainly am praying now and will continue to do so in order to enjoy the real place of rest when the students return.

Hebrews 4:11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.


~ by Andrea T on July 10, 2008.

2 Responses to “STRIVING TO REST”

  1. God’s Word provides us with all the purpose and direction that we could ever need. God also gives us something more to be able to live the Christian life, he also gives us the anointing of the Holy Spirit,.

  2. Thank you for your teaching.

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