The Spiritual Nap

“Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is take a nap.” John Ortberg

I’ve always loved the above quote from Ortberg. It reminds me that all of my doing ultimately has its limits. While I can recharge with God during things like Bible reading and prayer times, it also helps just to shut down for a bit. The picture above is a photo my wife took of me (she is standing on our stairs) after I fell asleep reading.

I’m in the midst of overseeing nineteen Christmas services at Central (after just doing Thanksgiving services a month ago) in addition to our every day and every weekend stuff we do. It’s easy to burn out. I’m sure you know the feeling this time of year. You are likely thinking through numerous things this December:

  • gifts you still need to buy
  • gifts you still need to wrap
  • your unfinished Christmas card that you hoped to actually send out this year
  • special events you’ll be attending
  • travel plans you need to schedule
  • locations to hide your Elf on the Shelf for the remaining days
  • details that need to be coordinated with family members
  • ways you need to prepare yourself for more time with said family members (you know who you are)

The list could go on and on. But when was the last time you took a nap?

Now maybe you aren’t a napper, but you need to find something similar to allow your mind AND body to relax and recharge. Unlike the Energizer Bunny, you won’t keep going and going. Even if you could you’d be missing out on something.

Here’s my encouragement to you to find some time to hit the reset button the next time you are able. There will always be more to do later. It is a shame to realize that January has come and you never stopped to enjoy all that Christmas offers.

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Jeremy Jernigan

Speaker | Author | Founder of Communion Wine Co. https://linktr.ee/JeremyJernigan