January: Week 1

Spiritual Disciplines: Rest and recreation

It’s the first week of the year. RELAX! We are going to focus on the discipline of Rest for the whole month of May, but it’s worth remembering its importance here too. Most of us are enjoying at least a few days of holiday right now and most of us need it—we are in rest and recovery mode from the year that has just been. 

As you read the biblical passages of Creation during this time of recreation, have a think about the implications of that word: re- creation. “Recreation” derives from Latin and literally means, “to create again.” It was first used in the late 14th century to describe “the refreshment, restoration or curing of a person.” 

To ponder: What does this, and the Genesis account, tell you about the potential significance of this holiday time? What decisions are you making to actively ‘re-create’ as opposed to merely ‘chill out’?

Recommended Read: The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, by John Mark Comer. Podcast here.