Nap Thirty


Well, you learn something new every day. Recently I upped my cool factor by learning some of the new lingo all the cool kids are using. Okay, so the fact that I say that completely diminshes my cool factor, and I don’t know if the kids who are saying this are cool or not (well, I think one is, because he’s my son). But several times while he has been home over Christmas break the terminology “nap thirty” has come up, and I have come to realize that the boy is certainly on to something.

Urban dictionary revealed to me that nap thirty is, “a time when you get home from school and are very tired and just want to go to sleep.” The son further explained it can take place half past any hour or last about 30 minutes–I guess whichever you choose or whichever you need most.  Apparantly all good college students know that after staying up late studying and getting up early for class, “nap thirty” is an integral part of their day.

Recently I’ve been battling a little sickness. Well, okay, a lot of sickness. Although it’s been nothing major, it’s been majorly here to the tune of 22 of the last 27 days. (Yeah, I’m counting!) Today, I got myself a little “nap thirty” of my own in, and after waking up I headed from the couch to the chair to spend a little time in the Word with Jesus. It was then I  realized a connection between my chronic illness and some nap thirtys, or the lack thereof.

It’s no doubt many of us are sorely lacking in the sleep department and that we push and push and push until we wear out. And it’s no doubt that our most awesome God knew what He was doing when He not only commanded rest for us, but modeled it to us. And it’s no doubt that we need to get our listening ears on as we say in the preschool department.

Truth is, I’m excited to be learning from my son the important principle and discipline of rest. Plus, it’s kind of fun to say “nap thirty” alot around him and his older brother, so I can watch them roll their eyes at each other! But today, as I am home recovering not only from another crazy virus, but from a lack of rest, let me encourage you, whether you minister to your church, your children’s ministry, in your job or with your family and friends, to consider the principle of “nap thirty” before frenzied pace of another year catches up with you.

There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall through following the same example of disobedience. Hebrews 4:9-11

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