two ABSOLUTE needs: rest and family time

Building, building, building the Kingdom. We cannot do this task unless we also take time to rest, rest, rest in the Creator.

Even that phrase, “building, building, building,” makes me a bit anxious. I’d rather rest three times as much as I build. Why? Because to build the Kingdom of God is an arduous task, and to do build well necessitates resting in God. By rest, we refuel with Christ’s grace, and we are able to take His tasks for us to completion.

Catholic teens and young adults, as tenacious and zealous as we may feel at times, we must remember that we are merely co-creators.

Our LORD is the Creator and builder of His Kingdom; we his little children are merely the co-creators of the Master Architect. After we do our best helping to build the Kingdom, we need not worry and keep on working. We need to place our anxieties in Him, and… relax. God will complete His works on His time, even when we feel that they are unfinished. We must rest in God.

For just as we were designed to work for the greater glory of God…

We were equally designed to rest in the sweet shade of God Our Father.

We were equally designed to rest in God’s meadow, in the rays of the brilliantly shining Son.

We were designed to rest in the cool breeze of the wind, in the Holy Spirit, truly Our Comforter (John 14:26).

Recently, I watched a bit of Dr. Edward Sri’s “Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love” series. (side note: Awesomely, my mother, a “semi-practicing”Catholic, was hooked on the spot!) Dr. Sri was talking about how when we truly love someone, we make time for them.

As I reflect upon our need to rest in the LORD, I also realize that we need to rest in Him with those whom we love. If we don’t make time for them, will we ever have time for them?

We should never let our building of the Kingdom turn into anxiety-causing “busyness” that takes us away from fulfilling our primary roles of child of God, spouse, husband, mother, father, boyfriend/girlfriend, daughter, et cetera. If married with children, the #1 task of our vocation (besides our own holiness) is to lead our spouse and our children to Heaven! How can we do this if we make work outside the home our #1 task? 

We should always beware of tactics of satan such as careerism. Let’s not make this world one of absent mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, daughters, and sons. The work of the “domestic church,” the family, is infinitely more important if we are called to the vocation of married life. And that work needs equally as much rest, in the form of family time together.

Let us always prioritize our resting in the LORD; we need this in a one-on-one, intimate way. And let us joyfully seek Him in holy recreation with those that we love! This, too, is a priority too important to miss.

Resting in Our LORD, and also resting in Him with those that I love: could there be anything sweeter in this life?

My soul is feasted as with marrow and fat, and my mouth praises thee with joyful lips, when I think of Thee upon my bed, and meditate on Thee in the watches of the night; for Thou hast been my help, and in the shadow of Thy wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to Thee; Thy right hand upholds me.

My favorite psalm, Psalm 63:6-8! It speaks of wonder in God and true rest in Him.

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Even Jesus rested! My boyfriend’s comment: “St. Joseph is tired!” LOL. But, really, in Scripture, it is apparent that Jesus often rested. He liked to start His days alone with His Father, praying on a mountaintop: intense, most likely– and restful, for sure.

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My family always makes time for one another. We meet every other week for a family dinner, and we even go on crazy excursions like this one where we took on Disneyland (this isn’t even all of us). Crazy, but restful– truly appreciating and enjoying one another’s presence. 🙂

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