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We were created to work and there’s a certain joy that comes from being productive. At the same time, we can eventually burn ourselves out when we’re constantly trying to make things happen. Our souls also need time off and to just veg out.

For instance, after a long day at work we often just want to come home and do nothing. And while seasons of life don’t always allow for this, there’s still something here our souls are longing for and need.

We need regular time off to decompress and chill.

This might be as simple as staring out the window or watching television just for the sheer entertainment or low-stake drama involved.

Whatever it looks like, it’s not something that requires our active engagement. We get to simply rest and take a break from the many demands of life and the bigger dramas that weigh on our hearts.

In short, vegging out is a type of rest for our minds, our hearts, and our bodies.

And this is something different than simply crashing into bed after a long day. While sleep is certainly important, sleep and rest are not the same thing.

And a time to veg is more about resting our souls rather than recovering from physical exhaustion, though it can include this as well.

Of course, some will use this as an excuse for laziness. But the opposite extreme is not helpful either.

In the end, we must be intentional in establishing meaningful rhythms of both work and rest.

And when it’s time to rest, we don’t have to feel guilty for taking time to put our feet up and simply veg out.

Our souls become worn down and depleted when we don’t regularly take time from the constant demands of life.

Work hard to accomplish all God has given you to do. And give yourself permission to kick back and relax as well. Life is hard and your soul needs regular time to just rest and veg.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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