Recently I shared advice about walking during the lunch hour. Feel better? Good.
So here’s another good word for your physical and spiritual health: Get some sleep.
Writing at Christianity Today, Kate Shellnutt points out that a lack of sleep can increase “stress, anxiety, depression, diabetes, and heart disease.” But sufficient sleep “keeps us healthy, makes us more efficient leaders, and increases our productivity.”
Shellnutt’s article also cites Christian writers like Karen Swallow Prior and Charles Spurgeon, who explain how sleep reminds us we’re creatures, not the Creator, who “neither slumbers nor sleeps.” Rested believers are certainly better able to serve their neighbor, and less likely to bite someone’s head off.
“Should Christians seek a theology of sleep in Scripture and tradition,” Shellnutt writes, “they’d find more evidence than I can summarize in a single article.”
Or that I can discuss in a single commentary. So take a walk through the scriptures—begin at the creation story. And what you’ll find is God has plenty to say about rest.