Category Archives: Rest

The Power of Life As ‘An Open Book’

Earlier today, I was able to comfort a close friend by sharing with her something really stupid, sinful and awful I had done in the fall of 2002; her comfort was not derived from obtaining yet another piece of evidence confirming a widely-held hypothesis that I am a complete idiot, but rather from my sharing

Obedience, Finitude and Rest (Again)

Sigh…it looks like I’ve fallen into The Busyness Trap yet again. I’ve got laundry to do, groceries to acquire, a list of details as long as my arm to attend to – and as the moments tick by, I can feel myself getting progressively edgier with others. Doesn’t the Lord repeatedly call His people to rest?

A threat to a good summer

Ah, summer. What good memories I have. The Price is Right at 10 am, lying on the couch, imagining what it would feel like to get to spin the big wheel, make it to Showcase Showdown, and meet Bob Barker. After some lazy television time, I might wander outside for a bit, and then lunch might be a frozen pizza or bologna sandwich. The afternoon would usually involve fun bike rides up and down the street with my brothers and friends.

We made so many brilliant memories and had a great time. What we didn’t have was Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. While we lied on the couch watching television, my mom didn’t check Facebook and see that everyone else had their kids enrolled in an all-day creativity camp or were taking some great trip to the zoo. When we ate our bologna sandwiches and cheese puffs, my mom didn’t have pictures on Instagram of her kids’ friends eating celery sticks, carrots, and cherry tomatoes alongside a nice turkey and lettuce wrap – on a whole wheat tortilla. What has happened to our nice enjoyable relaxing summer?

Darn Facebook. You are ruining my summer life. YOU are the problem.

Or are you?

Obedience, Finitude and Rest

Hebrews 4:11-12 (emphasis mine): Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the

Happiness is Overrated

Everyone wants to be happy. I’m no different than anyone else is this regard; when the happy times show up, I instinctively want to make them last as long as possible. The difficulty comes in learning that none of us has the ability to “lock it down” once it arrives. Oftentimes I instinctively seek to

A Plan to Rest Over Break

With Christmas and NewYears quickly approaching many of us look forward to a few days off work. There’s probably a laundry-list of house projects to finish, a TV show or two (or more) to catch up on, a fun afternoon out with the kids, or an evening out with friends. Our off-days turn into on-days