Worthless Rest

My Leadership Mistakes #2: Worthless Rest

“Brandon, you look tired!”

For a while, I was getting that comment a lot.

I felt tired.

It seems that every leadership book or blog talks about setting time aside for REST, but I already has plenty of time set-aside for rest.

I live in a very intentional way that allows me to focus on what is most important to me. I live simply so that I don’t have to get a second job. I work 35 hours a week as a Pastor and I volunteer 4 hours a week at a community center.

During my week, I have a generous amount of spare time. My calendar has an entire day that just says “SABBATH!” (That’s a big Christian word that means: rest).

I kept it low key on those days.

Watching Netflix and playing a few video games became the normal way I spent those hours. Because Netflix=rest, right?

Wrong. I was wasting the time I had set-aside for rest. It was worthless. I might as well of been working.

There was no moment of “ahhh,” no exhale.


Effective rest is not moving at a fast pace on something different – it requires that we change our pace.

Sure, switching our activity can be beneficial, but more important is TAKING A BREATH.

Leading for the long run, means leading out of a state of rest.

You can be an effective leader today without rest, but to be an effective leader tomorrow, you will need the chance to exhale.

You want to give this a try? Here are some ideas:

•    Pick one thing, anything, to cut out of your schedule next week (yes, this might be really hard,     but it’s really essential).

•    Then, schedule that as time for rest.

•    Have no plans. No preconceived notions about what you are going to do with your time.

•    When it comes around, just do something that YOU want to do (not something that others want for you), but have no plans on finishing it.

One of the most restful things for me is to write – so when I Sabbath, I write a lot. However, I also allow myself to be distracted from writing.

I allow myself to not finish what I am working on. I take it slow. I go somewhere I enjoy being. I drink something I love drinking. I listen to my favorite worship playlist.

Once a quarter I spend a few days in solitude. It allows me to live life at a slow pace, to sleep, to pray, to read - to rest. The photo at the top is a picture of a trail that leads to a cross. Anyone can take a retreat, sometimes I just use airbnb.com to take an inexpensive retreat.

When it comes to rest, the process is the product.

P.S. I wrote this one blog post on a Sabbath. It took me like 4 hours to write, because I kept pausing just to pause. I didn’t edit it for grammar or spelling, because that didn’t sound restful to me.