Equipping God's People to Create Missional Culture

Resting – Part 6

I’m still in month one of Sabbatical, the month devoted to rest. A time for spiritual renewal, physical refreshment and a time to get emotionally recharged. In the 20+ years I have been in active ministry, I have never taken a complete month of rest. But I am seeking to learn more what it means to rest.

It took me seven active years in ministry until I came to realize the Sabbath principle of taking one day a week of rest. I think every seven years, people who are active in ministry should take a month of rest, reflection and refocusing. This picture of Kauai reminds me of rest. Consider your pattern of life and ask yourself if you take the time to rest each week. Really rest. After taking some time to look at this peaceful picture, I have another quote from Wayne Muller’s book Sabbath: Find Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives for you.

“Rabbi Levi saw a man running in the street, and asked him, “Why do you run?” He replied, “I am running after my good fortune!” Rabbi Levi tells him, “Silly man, your good fortune has been trying to chase you, but you are running too fast” – Traditional Tale p. 48

“All of life has emptiness at its core; it is the quiet hallow reed through which the wind of God blows and makes the must that is our life. Without that emptiness, we are clogged and unable to give birth to music, love, or kindness. All creation springs from emptiness: In the beginning, God created heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, an void…” p. 51

Do you take time to be in silence and solitude? For their is a kind of silence that alters perception.


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