Our friends at Athlete’s In Action Cycling have put together a really great set of cycling specific devotions. I will be posting one a week for the next seven weeks, then will need some new content. I invite all of you to submit any thoughts, general concepts or full-blown devotions to me at [email protected] so that we can not only post them for all of our members to read and enjoy, but also to share with AiACycling as a way of saying thanks for this great work.
This week Dr. Hofmann takes us through something we all need more of — Rest.
Rest and Recovery: Living in God’s Rhythm of Health and Wholeness
by: Dr. Carl Hofmann
“Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work” Exodus 20:10
A cycling coach once said: “You don’t get stronger on the bike by riding; you get stronger by resting.” It’s a provocative statement–and it’s counterintuitive. The coach meant that your body uses your rest day to repair and develop itself after your hard training sessions. The rest day is when you recover and when your body heals itself, lays down new capillaries, builds more muscle fibers, and does many other things–all so that you can grow stronger and fitter. It’s a principle that God has hard-wired into human beings. If we work all the time we run ourselves down–we over-train, we burn out, we get sick. It’s true in most areas of life. But if we rest and recover, as God has intended, we live in a healthy rhythm that strengthens all aspects of our lives.