Balancing Rest and Rigor

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Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.
Colossians 3:23.

Balance has never been my thing. Whether it’s a yoga pose or balancing my schedule, I always seem to topple over. At the same time, I love to work hard, to take risks, and to try new things, even if it means exhaustion, and if I choose to commit to something new, I’m all in. Do you see where “balance” gets lost in all of this?

These past three weeks of starting school, coaching athletes, preparing for teaching in my classroom and the church, and loving family has left me sleep deprived and a bit stressed. When I committed to some new roles this year, I knew what I was stepping into; however, I have had my moments of doubt as I’ve let morning runs escape me, drank way too much coffee, and seen my husband for fewer moments than I’ve seen the mounds of paper chaotically spread across my classroom. The good news is: I know this season is brief while I adjust to a new schedule and finish out some short (but time-consuming) commitments.

I know I am not the only one who struggles with finding balance. We can all accidentally over-commit ourselves at times, or, like me, purposefully commit ourselves to opportunities we value, knowing they will require sacrifice for a season.

Lately the opportunities that have come my way are ones that require hard work, time, and dedication, in the midst of an already strenuous job. However, these same opportunities are ones I see God nudging me into. I’ve too often said “yes” in my life out of obligation and people-pleasing, and sometimes I have said “no” because of an aversion to the work required for a task or for fear of failure. Lately, God has given me opportunities that make my heart beat a little faster and require risk and responsibility. I say “yes” to these opportunities because, even though they require stepping out of my comfort zone, they are stepping into His calling on my life.

These opportunities are challenging me to work with excellence and make some sacrifices, requiring a little more rigor and a little less rest. What is to be my response when I am tired and worn out?

To turn my eyes. To lift my gaze. To fill my cup at the well of Living Water. To find true rest, not in the empty promises of a free weekend or an “easy” day, but in the Presence of the One who put all these dreams in my heart and opened the doors of opportunity, the One who calls me to both excellent work and burden-free living. To turn to the One who gives me the good stuff of life, normally laced with challenge but always worth it in the end. It is out of this place of Rest that I am called to work with integrity.

Friends, not every season is for saying “yes,” but some of them are. Whether you find yourself in a season of quiet waiting and open schedules or in a season jam-packed with opportunities for new and exciting ventures (even if these opportunities are disguised as the mundane), may you always find your rest in the One who is our Rest, and may you pursue whatever you are doing with a dedication that glorifies Him who has called you to the task.

As for me, I am embracing the rigor of new challenges and thereby challenged more than ever to turn to my Rest.

Blessings on you this week as you seek the opportunities set before you.

Madison


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About Madison Rosser

I am a life-long Alaskan who has a zest for adventure, people, and Jesus doing BIG things. My husband and I spent our first two years of marriage overseas in Indonesia, teaching at an international school. Now we're back in Alaska, busy being teachers in local public schools, hiking mountains, and loving on our students and neighbors. No "littles" of our own yet, but I call my 120 middle schoolers "my kids," and if going to their music concerts is foretelling of what my future holds, I will be THAT parent who is a weepy mess whenever her children do anything that requires hard work, discipline, and bravery. I have an affinity for coffee, pretty dishes, Juanita's tortilla chips, good literature, organizing closets, and people overcoming. I am honored to write for this blog, and I love the opportunity it presents for me to discipline myself on a weekly basis to reflect on God's work in my life.

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