Balance is Only a Heartbeat Away
Friday, June 26, 2015
With each beat, our hearts teach us the importance of respecting natural rhythms—the necessity to balance work and rest.
During your lifetime, your heart will beat 2.5 billion times and pump more than 1 million barrels of blood throughout your body. But between each powerful beat, your heart rests. This resting period allows the heart to reload—to do the work of the next beat.
"Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. – Jesus Christ"
Likewise, you and I need time to “reload.” We need rest. Overstimulated organs eventually flat-line -- they shut down and die.
Kathy Grace, a Christian nurse in the Florida Hospital cardiac lab, compares our need for rest to the heart rhythm itself. “When we take care of patients,” Kathy says, “we always give them an electrocardiogram [EKG], an electrical recording of the heart. It shows us the heart rhythm, or heartbeat, which is the very basis of what we do. I like to compare the heartbeat to how the Lord made us. Each waveform is a heartbeat, and the line that separates each beat is a time of rest. This is the way our lives work as well. We can have a very active day, and then we need a time of rest. We need sleep in order to stay healthy.”
Take time regularly -- daily, weekly and yearly -- for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation.