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Uncategorized Aug 25, 2022

Without a shadow of a doubt, the greatest cause of misbehavior (sexual or otherwise) in our society today is stress.

The reality is that we deal with unprecedented levels of stress in our society. 

Between work, relationships, paying bills, pandemics, recessions, and doing our best to live by Biblical standards in a world that mocks the idea, there are plenty of stressors to be experienced on the daily.

Admittedly – I am still figuring out how to navigate this. I often find myself every few months needing a few days to unwind and unplug.

At the time of writing this, my wife and I just returned from a fantastic getaway for a few nights. We hung out at the beach, soaked in some sun, kayaked, had long chats, and laughed a ton.

Suddenly in a matter of a couple days, my marriage feels vibrant, I feel excited about the future, and life feels settled again.

The stressors haven’t gone anywhere, and I am working hard to do a better job at managing them (and taking fewer things on) so that my day-to-day stress levels are lower.

But this trip was another great reminder that as the human race continues to adapt to this unrealistic pace of life – we need concentrated times to rest.

So let me ask you…

When was the last time you rested? Are you due? What’s stopping you from taking 2-3 days off in the next month?

Did you immediately come up with 5 logical arguments in your head that involve a commitment to work/community/family/etc.?

All I know is that when I am unrested, I make poorer decisions, struggle to feel hopeful, and my relationships become strained.

You can see how that could lead to problematic behavior pretty quickly…

In case no one else in your life is doing it - let me give you permission to R-E-S-T.

Schedule a sick day (I used to do this for mental health purposes and my boss was fine with it).
Plan a day trip with some friends or loved ones.
Book a last minute vacation.
Go for a long bike ride or walk.

There’s no right or wrong here – but as you take time to rest and unplug, you’ll notice your mood improve, creativity rise, and peace increase dramatically.

It just might give you the space and clarity that you need to further your recovery, heal your relationships, reconnect with God, etc.

Stop scrolling. Pull out your calendar. Schedule some rest time. You can thank me later.

Cheering you on,

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