Why would I make such a request? I was tired of being tired. I was telling my wife and some others those very words. For the last month or so I worked less hours, because of the incredible heat in the greenhouse and the lack of customers which creates less work. I found it a little more refreshing to get off earlier. Before this last month, from morning to night I had to always be "on." This last month allowed me to experience a little more off, and now I have made it more official.
Yes, I will receive less money, but I will need to trust God that he will provide everything we need.
This week I stopped working by 7:00 p.m. two nights in a row. It was exciting. One of those nights I went shopping with Nancy to buy things for the house. Another of those nights I read. This will take some adjustment, but it will be a good one. Hopefully, I can connect with more people with this extra time.
God's rhythm of life includes work by day, rest at night, plus one day of total rest. When we keep that rhythm, we may grow more and more whole. When we forget that rhythm, we start to "burn out."
I don't want to use my new found free time to please myself. I want to use it to be re-created by God. I want to be restored.
How is your schedule? Have you found God's rhythm?