Children are a precious gift from God. As adults, we have the privilege and responsibility to create safe and nurturing environments that allow them to reach their fullest potential.

You probably know that the main purpose of an anchor is to keep a ship in one place, but have you thought about why the sailor would want to do that? When I asked this question to someone with a lot of sailing experience, she told me that it’s to rest.

Setting the anchor allows the sailors to rest without worry of the ship drifting away.

If we “have this hope of salvation as an anchor for our souls” (Hebrews 6:19), then we can rest because we put our hope and faith in God. God actually set this practice for humans thousands of years ago. The fourth of the ten commandments is to “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). God instituted the practice of taking one day out of seven to rest and honor him. Jesus reaffirmed that placing your trust in him was one way to rest. (Matthew 11:28-30.)

Getting rest is vital for our mental, spiritual, and physical health.

Today, finding rest is often challenging. We are distracted and fill our time with so many things (most of which are good). But in both the Old and New Testaments, God actually commanded us to rest. Psychologists and other researchers also affirm that rest is important and most people do not get enough. So, how can we do that? Here are just a few ideas:

  1. Plan time to rest. Schedule it on your calendar like you would anything else. We try hard as a school not to schedule any events on Sundays because we know that everyone needs rest. I work hard to get all of my household chores done on Saturdays so that I can have rest on Sundays, and I intentionally do not answer emails on Sundays. Find what works for you and then follow through on it.

  2. Figure out what helps you feel rested. Sometimes, we do things when we’re tired that don’t actually restore us. We spend time watching videos or playing games when what we really need is a break from screens. Time in nature, doing things with people face to face, and getting exercise you enjoy are all ways to rest.

  3. Get enough sleep. This one is tough for many of us, but important to make it a priority. If you don’t feel like you can make big improvements, start with something small. Try going to bed 10 minutes earlier until that is your habit.

I hope all of you can take some time to rest this weekend!

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