First, the Bible is reliable when it recommends—and often commands—that we take some time to rest from our labors. The principle of a Sabbath rest, along with the many festivals and celebrations where the Israelites took time off from their work, underscore the need for times of refreshing for our minds, bodies and souls. My time off did me a lot of good.
Second, I was reminded that I am not essential. The world did just fine without my writing. Remember, the cemeteries are filled with people who once thought that they were indispensable.
Finally, I saw that my work—such as it is—will live on after I’m gone. The apostle Peter wanted to leave a legacy of teaching people about Jesus. He wrote, “And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.” (2 Peter 1:15).
Maybe you should write down some things too; important things that you want people to remember.