Rest as a Virtue: Theological Foundations and Application to Personal and Professional Life

Volume
Volume 43
Issue
Summer 2015
Title
Rest as a Virtue: Theological Foundations and Application to Personal and Professional Life
Abstract

In a culture that values availability, productivity, and speed, a strong work ethic is honored and rewarded. Hard work is seen as virtuous, while rest is given little attention. However, Scripture notes the value of rhythmic, intentional rest practices (i.e., Sabbath-keeping) and cultivation of a Sabbath heart. This article explores the value in rest that attends to enjoying, worshipping, and receiving from God outside of the world of performance and productivity. Consideration is given to the ways that both our culture and profession present major barriers to embracing this virtuous rest for mental health professionals. A brief survey of those with training in a mental health field who profess a Judeo-Christian worldview was conducted. Results showed that those who identified themselves as Sabbath-keepers were significantly more satisfied with the amount and quality of their rest than those who did not identify as Sabbath keepers. Future research implications are discussed.

Authors
Dr. J.L. White, Dr. A.M. Blackburn and Dr. M.K. Plisco
Pages
98 - 120
Price
Add to Cart $0.00