Let’s Stop Glorifying All Nighters

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The above was written by Abe Joy during small groups at church. This past Saturday we had small groups at church centered around the idea of “rest”. I stole an activity I learned in grad school and had my small group each write about rest and crumple up their sheet. Then each member in the group picks up someone else’s paper and we take turns reading each other’s writing. The above is what Abe Chach wrote:

“A rest in music is a portion of any piece of music where an instrument pauses. Rests are important to provide variety in rhythm, ease tonal fatigue and signal musical divisions in a song….”

Spending time in our small groups we began to share how “stress” and a lack of sleep is glorified in our culture.

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We joked that often times when people tell us they haven’t slept all night, our response is “glorifying”, for example, one might say, “Wow! I don’t know how you did that…” When in reality not sleeping actually represents a lack of time management and one rarely responds, “Wow! You must not know how to manage your time…” But that’s really what an all-nighter means!

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Just as how music is incomplete without rests, our lives need rest. We are reminded in the bible of the “golden ratio”, 6 days of work and 1 day of rest. The bible warns us especially in Proverbs about too much rest. I was tempted in our group to say “rest” is our natural state- it’s not! We must rest,  but we must also work.

IMG_1394.JPGI really believe God wants more for us than sleepless nights. He also doesn’t want us sleeping all day! My challenge for my readers today is to ask yourself, do you take your rest seriously?

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Keep on waiting 41/365

Ouch.  Apparently my blogger views have FELL dramatically!  The internet REALLY does not wait for a blogger who chooses to be lazy.  I was checking my stats and I think I got 1 view today and around a month ago I was averaging around 70 views per day.  The deactivation of my Facebook will also take away a chance for me to market so I guess I need better tags!

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I kind of wanted to keep my age a secret to the whole internet world, FOR my safety of course.  But honestly I don’t think I can make my point without naming my age and you can pretty much guess how old I am from my posts.  PLUS the majority of my posts are viewed by people I know any who.

I just entered my S E N I O R   Y E A R of highschool!  I was pretty excited to enter a new chapter in my life but as soon as my day ended I saw something pretty disturbing written on pretty much EVERY status I saw.  Day 1 down __ days left, blehh first day only __ more, and on and on.

I remember waiting to enter 2nd grade and then 3rd and then 4th and then 5th and then 6th and then suddenly being in middle school and then suddenly being in HIGHSCHOOL and then I remember counting down the days until summer.  Wondering how long it would take me to reach the “fun part”, waiting for APS and SATS and every other thing to end.

I then realized that while I was waiting for all of these things to end I had missed out on truly enjoying the good things.  I thought about how during APs I had actually blogged the most with my friend and how during finals I would really confide in friends and laugh about how dumb finals were.

Point blank, if you rush through the bad things, you miss the good things.  This wasn’t a religious post but today, take it slow, think about everything you do and  ENJOY the small things.  I know I will.

This is ninarachel621 and maybe I’ll enjoy the countdown to 365 full posts a little bit more.