The Best Way to Rest over Thanksgiving Break

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Like pretty much every college student in the world, you are ready for the nothingness of Thanksgiving Break. You are probably sick of school, people, your school’s dining options, your dorm, and almost anything else that has anything to do with your college experience. You are tired, and there are no words that can accurately describe your longing to be home and do nothing.

But here’s my question to you: do you truly want/need to do nothing during this break?

I often find myself more tired after I indulge in a plethora of sleep, food, and brainless activity. Why? These are not the things I was made to find ultimate rest and renewal in. In the Bible, the the book of Isaiah speaks to our exhaustion and our longing for rest and renewal:

Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:30-31)

This verse provides justification for the state of tiredness that we are in right now. Young men and women will grow tired and weary. Your zeal, ambitions, and goals are definitely not the same as they were during the first few weeks of school. 

This verse may seem like a cliché to you, thanks to Celtic Women and Josh Groban singing songs like You Raise Me Up, but we need this truth from God’s word! Where will rest and renewal come from? Those who wait on the Lord! Our soul needs Jesus, not a turkey nap.

Here are 9 practical tips for true rest and renewal during your Thanksgiving break:

  1. Spend time slowly reading God’s word and memorizing/meditating on Scripture
  2. Have consistent, focused, extended times of prayer, including interceding for others
  3. Be disciplined in your use of technology, in particular being present while your home with family and being aggressive in your fight of sin
  4. Go to bed at a decent hour.
  5. Feast a few meals, but not every meal.
  6. Exercise
  7. Be a blessing to your family by helping around the house.
  8. Love your hometown friends by being with them and being intentional with them.
  9. And, sign up for New Years Conference!
Tony Wells