Behold the Power of the Nap

I took a nap yesterday.

That doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, it’s better than winning the lottery.

But even as I was about to fall asleep, I kept thinking about all of the other things on my ‘To Do’ list that I was neglecting by being selfish enough to take a nap.

And then I thought, ‘Scuse me, what? For Pete’s sake, even God rested!

And I didn’t feel so bad.

See, life has recently been running me ragged.  I have gotten to the point where I am so physically tired that I am unproductive, unmotivated, and unhealthy.  Have you been there?

So, I went to the 11th Commandment– Thou Shalt Take a Nap.

Well, that should be the 11th Commandment.

I’m certain that Jesus condones napping. It rejuvenates, restores, and in the case of my boys, helps them find entirely new personalities as they sleep.

And I’m not the only one who believes in the power of the occasional nap. In his book, 40 Days Without Food, Russ Masterson mentions that a short nap helped him change his entire outlook on the 40 day fast he was undertaking, “which only further confirms my strong belief that napping is, in fact, a path to godliness.”

Don’t neglect yourself. If God saw the importance of resting after hard work then occasionally we need to do the same.

Share with Me: Do you make time for the occasional nap?  How do you best “recharge” when your batteries are all but dead?


Filed under The Christian Walk, Writing

7 responses to “Behold the Power of the Nap

  1. Good for you. I guess it's a sign of getting older when I can nap and still sleep at night, but I find myself taking more and more of them.

  2. Stacy- if that's a sign of getting older, then I'm in trouble! 🙂

  3. I really liked the article, and the very cool blog

  4. I've just convinced myself that it's okay to take a day off now and again–even if it's not my regular Sunday day off. If I'm staring at my draft with mild discontent and I start yawning… well, what good am I doing?Following your blog and you on Twitter now!

  5. I'm not really a nap person, but I decided today to take a break from my well-past-due rewrites because I was doing no good by working myself ragged! So it's almost like taking a nap 🙂 And I already feel better for it!

  6. Nancy & Rebecca- I'm convinced that a much deserved break of any kind makes us better writers. I'm reminded of this when my eyes start to cross as I stare at computer screen. 🙂

  7. I've lived with cats long enough to adopt some of their most successful habits. Nap-taking is one of those. Now that i primarily work at home–online teaching and editing–I can indulge myself with much-needed naps on a regular basis. Since my work is basically 24-7 those intermittant cat-naps get me through.

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