Stop working so hard at your play

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Enjoy the journey by redeeming the time”
Our Bible verse for today: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Stop working so hard at your playing”
Gordan Dahl is a professor of economics at the University of San Diego. He once published an article in the magazine “The Christian Century” which reported his findings about the work and leisure habits of the average American. He wrote:
“In truth, for millions of Americans … leisure has come to mean little more than an ever more furious orgy of consumption. Whatever energies are left after working, are spent in pursuing pleasure with the help of an endless array of goods and services. This is “virtuous materialism” par excellence. It offers men the choice of either working themselves to death or consuming themselves to death – or both.”
What Dahl was referring to is the habit many of us have developed of being as busy in our leisure as we are in our work. Rather than really resting and renewing, we instead fill our leisure time with endless activities that leave us exhausted. We essentially work at our play. I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard someone complain that they needed a rest after their vacation.
The great Christian writer A.W. Tozer once observed that we modern Christians have lost the ability to simply “be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). We’re entirely too busy to be still.
As we’ve learned, there’s a lot to be said for playing and having fun and engaging in activities we enjoy. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s even good. But true Sabbath-rest also needs quiet times of inactivity. It should include what the Psalmist was writing about in Psalm 23:1-3, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.”
In order for Sabbath-rest to renew and restore and to be spiritually nurturing, there needs to be times of quiet inactivity – time for reflection and just being still before the Lord.
I encourage you to stop working so hard at your play. You will enjoy the journey of life a lot more if you redeem the time by including time to really rest.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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