Rest Porn

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I remember the first time I was exposed to it. I think maybe it was in a friend’s house.  I tried to look away, but my eyes were locked onto the images.  It made me feel warm inside.  It was a Thomas Kinkade painting. The picture was a rustic cabin on a lake at the base of a majestic mountain range.  I wanted to be transported there.

Pornography, of the nudity/sexual variety, erodes our ability to enjoy healthy sexuality in reality. Pornography cheapens the realness of sex because it is an airbrushed version, an unattainable facade.  In real sex, sometimes you sneeze, sometimes you fart, people have body hair.  It is not airbrushed “perfect”, but it is good.

I believe we love cabins and cozy, Pinteresty things because of our innate need of sabbath/rest. But these images can become “rest porn” if I am gaining pleasure from the idealized and manipulated version of true rest.  I idolize this “idea of rest” to an unrealistic and unachievable pedestal, thus robbing the value of true rest that is accessible to me.  It becomes rendered useless, weak, lacking, cheap, undesirable, and unfulfilling.  

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Our sabbath is the same way. True rest doesn’t need to happen in places worthy of a postable photo. We must carve out time and place to defend sabbath, especially amidst our busy schedules.  We cannot fall victim to the lie that in order to find rest we must escape everyday life, or we risk not finding any sabbath at all.  

 

Scripture:

Exodus 20:8-11 (NIV)

"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."

Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)

 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”