I love my job. Working with, kids, teens, families, and grandparents is exhilarating. Ever since I started internship, I have been in high gear. Go, go, go; get everything ready and on track. Build relationships, try new things, and prepare for the future. It has been a whirlwind ride so far. I’m exhausted, and that is exactly why we are told to keep the Sabbath day holy; to rest. Like the rest of you, I do try to value my day off, but life doesn’t stop because I am not at work. I have a mini-vacation coming next week, and I think it is exactly what I need. Jesus is the king of rest and I need to back away from “working for” Jesus and enjoy Jesus for who He is–with no agenda. I’m hoping that’s what my vacation will do for me. My encouragement to you all is to take time and rest. Unplug for an hour. Sit outside in the BEAUTIFUL weather. Thank God for your life and all that He has done for you. Take a minute and just breathe.
With rest comes new energy; with new energy comes new ideas and perspectives. I am hoping and praying that I come back with different things to try for the future of our ministry together. Imagine if we as a community started to keep each other accountable to rest in Jesus for an hour each day what sort of changes we will see. More joy, more energy, more compassion, and more patience. Our little community will have a big impact, because our souls would be rested, not just our bodies.
“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 souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30