Why Does Rest Sometimes Not Feel Restful?

Choose To Rest

We all look forward to rest.

We count down the days until vacation as we picture ourselves relaxing. We can’t wait until the weekend when we get some time off to decompress.

But then that day off comes… and the truth is it didn’t work out like we envisioned. There was that laundry to take care of or that creaky door to repair or that reading we have to catch up on or that last minute preparation for our presentation.

Our to-do lists are just as long as ever, and we feel overwhelmed. Maybe we take a day off and feel stressed the entire time as our tasks loom unfinished in the background. Maybe we give in and work anyway, feeling exhausted and looking forward now to the next day off – the time when we’ll really get to rest.

We like the idea of resting. But the practice is different… not nearly as soothing.

Why does rest not feel restful?

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The Best Approach Is Often the New One

New System

As the years have gone on, I’ve tried a variety of time management systems and have a big collection of tricks I’ve used.

You want to know what I’ve found to often be the best method for me?

The one that’s new.

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Increased Expectations – Increased Tension


I was listening to a podcast the other day on the drastic changes coming our way over the next few decades as technology advances. It will be unimaginable.

The podcast hosts were so excited as they saw tremendous potential; they were optimistic about the fate of the human race.

But in some ways I wasn’t so convinced.

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Frustrated by Using God

Frustrated by Using God

When we see our time management through the lens of scripture, we realize that we’ve got the Holy Spirit to empower us.

Imagine the good that could come in our life through the Spirit’s power. Imagine the Holy Spirit’s activity doing away with procrastination, overcommitment, sloth, frantic busyness, misplaced priorities, and guilt from wasted time.

What a breath of fresh air that would be.

But perhaps some of the reasons you’re frustrated with your time stewardship is because you’re trying to use God instead of allowing him to use you.

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Never Count Yourself Out


Have you ever read a stewardship parable (like the Parable of the Minas) and it made you feel guilty? Instead of identifying with the good stewards, you found yourself having more in common with the bad ones – you know, the ones that were called wicked and were punished severely.

Sometimes the bar can just seem so high. And we fail again and again. And again. And again.

We’re stressed. We’re worried. We’re proud. We’re self-sufficient. We’re lazy. We’re too busy.

And we may start to think we’ll never change. What’s the point in trying?

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No Time to Learn Time Management

Goose and the Golden Eggs

You may be stressed and slammed and busy and overworked and overcommitted and up to your eyeballs in obligations.

You want to learn more about time management. You think perhaps a new system might help – or perhaps reading more about how to optimize some routine tasks you perform.

But the problem is you don’t have time to do the reading! You can’t find the time to learn about the new techniques. You can’t find the time to get going with the systems.

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Thursday Time Tip: Better Productivity with Annoying 5-Minute Deadlines


Sometimes time management is about large, sweeping goals and major projects that affect our lives. Other times, it’s just about a quick trick or two that will help us have a little fun and shave some minutes off of your workday.

This Thursday Time Tip is definitely one of the latter – a fun technique that can give you a little drive to close out some tasks.

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Better Productivity by Renewing Your Mind with Barb Raveling – Episode 24

Barb Raveling

Duration 39:50

In this podcast episode, I had the privilege of speaking with Barb Raveling, author of The Renewing of the Mind Project.

Whenever we talk about managing our times in more effective ways – ways that bring glory to God – we are talking about more than simply behavior changes.

Changing behaviors and habits starts with changing our thought patterns. And Barb is an expert at what scripture says (and doesn’t say) about how to go about that process.

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Don’t Aim at the Wrong Target with Scripture and Prayer

Walking down the wrong roadI haven’t really shared this anywhere, but my wife and I are just getting out of a difficult season in our marriage. We weren’t in major trouble or on the brink of divorce, but we were going through one of those valleys in our relationship where we both needed to step up and work on our marriage.

So for the last year or so, I’ve put a lot of effort into trying to be a good husband – the husband that God calls me to be.

What a great and holy desire, right?

But it wasn’t, in my case.

I went about it the wrong way. And the mistake I made is a great illustration for how we can get off-course in attempting to be good stewards of our time.

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Thursday Time Tip: Taking a Break by Switching Tasks

Task Switching

There’s only so much mental effort that you can pour into a particular task before you need a break.

These breaks aren’t giving in to temptation. As mentioned in The Power of Full Engagement, taking the occasional breather helps you increase your energy levels before you tackle that difficult project again.

But there’s another strategy that I’ve toyed with that has allowed me to be quite productive and still enjoy the energizing effects of a break.

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