August 2017 Newsletter
August 1, 2017, 9:00 AM

Grace and peace y’all!

As you read this I’m probably somewhere in Texas having a good time with my family as we visit my dad in Dallas. We’ll be going to Six Flags, a Texas Rangers game, touring AT&T Stadium (where the Dallas Cowboys play), and who knows what else. I’m really looking forward to it.

Some might say, “Now wait a minute, he just got time off…” And you’d be right. I did just have a lovely and wonderful time away with my family in the mountains of North Carolina and at the beach along the SC coast. It was a great opportunity for rest.

Here’s the thing – we all need rest. Even Jesus sought rest from the ministry in which he was involved. There are numerous texts telling us where Jesus ‘withdrew’ from the crowd in order to pray/rest.

Rest is even built into our lives as people of faith as it is written that even God rested on that seventh day of creation. In the Ten Commandments, we are called to acknowledge the sabbath and keep it holy. A part of our faithful living is finding time to take a break.

Rest. Sabbath. Time away. We all need it. We live in a world that is constantly on the go. I recently read on article about a CEO who – as a test – will send texts or e-mails to prospective employees late Friday night or early Sunday morning, just to see how long it takes them to respond. The reason for this test; the CEO works all the time and expects their employees to at least be thinking about work even while they are a way from work.

I don’t believe that’s healthy and I don’t believe that is the sort of life that Christ has called us into.

When you’re bone tired and dragging you’re not being faithful to yourself nor are you being faithful to those around you. You cannot be the best and most faith-filled parent, child, spouse, friend, or even employee when you’re running on fumes. We can’t work non-stop. We are not created to be that way.

When we rest we, when we take a brief moment to ourselves, we give thanks for what God has already given to us. Our selves, our gifts, our life. We gain that energy to continue to do wonderful and faithful work in our lives because we can take a moment and be with those around us.

So, take a break. Put the phone down. The e-mails can wait. Rest in the life that God has given you. Be filled again with that life and love of the work you get to do in and for God through your family and your vocation.

Jesus invites us into rest (Mark 6:31), take heed and follow. Rest, be filled, so that you can get back to the work God has called you into. Amen.

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