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Summer The restful life
Burn outBurn out Drop outDrop out Level outLevel out Fall outFall out Spread outSpread out The Dangers
Be still and know that I am God
Thus the heavens and earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God has finished the work he had been doing: so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2, 1-3.
a restless wanderer a restless wanderer
My presence will go with you and I will give you rest. Exodus 33,14 The Lord is giving you rest and has granted you this land. Joshua 1,15 Six days you shall labour, but on the seventh day you shall rest, even during the ploughing season and harvest you must rest…. Exodus 34,21
Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders… Deut 33,12.
. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your life. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11,28-29 What does this mean for us today?.
Distracted from distractions by distractions
fatiguefatigue apathyapathy anxietyanxiety optimism and denialoptimism and denial
We use selective inattention and forgetting to get through life, we assume its the crazy pace of our lives that is killing us when really its our inattention to our deepest desire, the desire for God. Marshall Jenkins
Question for discussion? How do those four things stop us living restful lives ?
Work from rest not rest from work
………………………………….. You are my dear child, I love you and Im delighted with you. and Im delighted with you.
Disconnect to reconnect Paying attention is not a way by which we make something happen but a way to see what is already given to us. Let us open our eyes. Benedict
Reset our values Each of us is called to a life patterned by Christ. A life not shaped by inner compulsions or captive to outer expectations but drawn by the inner voice of love.
Model the restful life
The forming of the soul that it might be a dwelling place for God is the primary work of the Christian leader. This is not an add-on, an option, or a third-level priority. Without this core activity, one almost guarantees that she/he will not last in leadership for a life-time or that what work is accomplished will become less and less reflective of God's honour and God's purposes. Gordon MacDonald
The people we need Seeks God with youSeeks God with you Challenges you to thinkChallenges you to think Corrects youCorrects you Listens to youListens to you Laughs and plays with youLaughs and plays with you Supports youSupports you
Be still and still moving At home on the road
Question for discussion? How might these things help us live restful lives ?