We sometimes need rest, even from the work of spiritual disciplines. Athletes know that to get stronger and faster we have to have a balance of effort and rest, but does not the same happen for the spiritual life? Today, don’t try to do anything to achieve Christlikeness. Don’t read your bible, spend special time in prayer, or do any meditation. Instead, simply rest in God and let God to the work of recovering you to the self God intended.
Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.