The Spiritual Act of Sleep

The past few days have been a blur. I’ve had the time of my life down at Catalyst speaking, hanging out with friends, and meeting tons of new people.

While being around people generally energizes me I found myself getting home last night and feeling exhausted.

It’s funny the mental games we play when we get tired. Despite an amazing week of watching God work in profound ways last night I was digging a mental rut.

I was battling insecurity.
I was spinning off worse case scenarios.
I was consumed with self-centered thoughts.

While doing some research for a chapter I was writing I read this in Mark 6

30The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
32So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.

It hit me. Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is get some rest.

Praying this week you’ll find a few moments to follow Jesus “to a quiet place and get some rest.”


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Pete Wilson is the founding pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN and author of a new book entitled Plan B, his thoughts about what to do when life doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would. He is a frequent blogger on his popular ministry blog, Pete is married and has three sons.