Rest. It’s something we all need, but most of us seldom take time to do, and do it the right way. That’s because we allow the cares of life—from our jobs and school, to dealing with family matters to handling finances—to occupy most of our time. But what about your spiritual life? How can you manage to maintain a strong spiritual life and keep your faith built up if you don’t take time to rest your mind and your body? The truth is you cannot. Jesus, who is our greatest example of how we should live as believers, encourages us to rest. In Matthew 11:28, The Message, He says: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.” In the King James Version, the last part of that verse says, “and I will give you rest.” That Jesus would encourage us by saying He would recover our life, or give us rest, is a clear indication that by not taking time out to rest we put our spiritual and natural lives in jeopardy. Unless we remove ourselves from the toxic environment that tends to distract us from God, we can become distant from God. We can look for Him and won’t be able to find Him. Why? Because we failed to take the time to draw near to Him, to steal away and enter into a place of rest and quiet, where we could hear His still small voice. By not resting in God, by not leaning on and trusting Him, we have no strength to overcome the obstacles and challenges we face. Don’t let that happen to you. Don’t allow the cares of your responsibilities, or work, or even your family, stress you. God knows how heavy your load is, and He has promised to carry the care of it—to give you all the help you need. Recognize when enough is enough. Follow Jesus’ example and give yourself the rest you deserve—both spiritually and naturally!