A Forced Rest - Adam LaRoche

Recently we had a group of men from “The Refuge” come to our ranch for five weeks — a retreat for leaders. It was a unique and powerful time to see these leaders (most of whom were pastors) let go of everything and relax. Here, they were finally able to talk about things that are difficult to talk about in their hometown or their congregations.

I have always had an appreciation for pastors while also having a saddened heart over the picture many pastors feel like they have to maintain to represent Jesus on that stage. I can only imagine how hard it would be to live in such a role, leading people while not feeling like you have a group to be wide-open with.

I also learned during this time the importance of rest. These leaders are conditioned to serve, but they weren’t too prideful or so mission-driven that they couldn’t flip that and be served on occasion. We all need to do that. The purpose of that is so that we can then be better leaders and serve better. Then we don’t have to have all these things in our world that we’re trying to do, while in the meantime we are running ourselves into the ground. Hit the brakes and take a minute to recharge. Jesus did often. 

If we don’t take care of our physical and spiritual body, then the list of what “needs to be done” will never actually get done. I’ve learned it’s OK to not be chasing things all the time, even the good “Jesus” things.” I hope to have a permanent perspective change on this. This slower-paced time, when everyone’s on a level field, is hopefully more fruitful and enjoyable for everyone. 

As far as God’s concerned, I would say that it’s OK to rest. If you’re broken, all the people you try to serve will be missing out. You need to keep yourself healthy — to be able to let your guard down and truly rest and be served by others. Everything will be OK if you unplug for a time and rest.

There is a time to rest and a time to go to work. For me, this year has been a forced family time, a forced rest and a forced priority change. We can rest and be present with Him, while absolutely doing Kingdom work. It is OK to be still and know that He is God. He’s got this.

— Adam LaRoche, former MLB player

Adam LaRoche is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Adam’s Increase profile here. 

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