… the thoughts from a life in the Son-shine State

Chill For A Bit


Day 7 of Thanksgiving Week, and I am thankful for rest!

So, I took a day off of blogging yesterday. Some would say that is silly, you just started a couple weeks ago! Why kill your momentum! Fooey. Momentum? I have, like, 3 people that may tune it “regularly” (which could mean once every couple of days). Anyway, I took a day off from almost everything that is a part of my normal daily routine, and it was great.

There were a couple of weeks recently when I had to work on Saturday, and it sucked. I already work Monday thru Friday from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM, plus travel time, and serve at the church on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings and nights. Naturally, this limits my time with my family; and doing anything else that I enjoy that helps build my spiritual life, relationships, and other stress-relieving/relaxing hobbies or adventures. We all need a Sabbath day–a day of rest. Because serving at the church accounts for a good part of our Sundays, Saturday is normally our day of rest.

“You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but on the seventh day you must stop working. This gives your ox and your donkey a chance to rest. It also allows your slaves and the foreigners living among you to be refreshed.”Exodus 23:12

One of those very important items on my list that suffers when I’m over-doing it is my dates with the two most important ladies in my life–my wife and my daughter. I cherish time with them. When I am not resting as I should, and burning the candle at both ends, then something, or someone, has to suffer. With most of us, it is usually Jesus first, then the relationships that are closest to us. I hate it.

Let’s do our best to rest. Schedule it if you have to. The last few days have been great, because I have been able to invest in relationships; and I am so thankful for that.

Chillin’ like a villain…

Steve

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Comments on: "Chill For A Bit" (2)

  1. Dave Stafford said:

    Steve, well put. You don’t have explain
    to anybody you’re reasons. Andy Stanley once preached on ‘Cheating’ and if you have to ‘cheat’ on anything it ought to be ministry and not God or family. If more ‘busy’ people spoke about a true sabbath, one without guilt, then we’d be more willing to have true downtime, authentic rest, in being authentic Christ Followers. Busy can be a substitute for guilt. Sometimes the organized church substitutes busyness as authentic relationship, when many times it’s just busyness and programs. So chill and ‘do’ relationship with Abba and those you love, knowing that spending time with either / all is authentic and needful. Just some thoughts.
    Dave

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