Summer of Service

Summer of ServiceAs a kid, I always look forward to stuffing the school books away and beginning my wonderful summer vacation dedicated to swimming pools and baseball! As an adult, I still too look forward to relaxing during the summer. Rest is good! But we can’t afford to take a vacation from our spiritual life.  If we leave off fellowshipping with our brothers and sisters, praying, and studying the Bible, our souls and are families will be left vulnerable to all kinds of sins. Instead of using summer as a time for self-indulgence which leaves our souls empty, let’s redeem our summers. Let’s take in some sun at the ocean; and, let’s also be active worshipers of Jesus. Let’s commit to maintaining our personal spiritual walks. Let’s volunteer to teach a kids’ Sunday school class, help with VBS, attend the youth Summer Bible study, sing in the choir, and/or serve our neighbors.

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. –Gal. 6:7

Rest for a Crazy World

Rest For a Crazy World

Life can be nuts. It seems at times, all we do is sleep, eat, work, hold a baby and then sleep again. Our life can be a constant whirlwind of obligations, short rest, and clothes tarnished with white spit up. And this is before you count up the stresses of your job, the critical comments of well-meaning people, the social crises of our day, and the occasional cold for good measure. And as we fall asleep to begin again, we can’t help and wonder if we read too little, done too much, or been too laidback. Wew!

Quite naturally, we all long for rest, a true rest from this world of constant motion stained with sorrow and confusion. Knowing our limitations, God has graciously given us sleep and a day of Sabbath rest. But there is a very real sense in which we will not be fully rested until the glorious return of Christ. We long for it but do not have it as we read in Hebrews 4.

But as we wait for that blessed day of perfect rest, we are not left without resource. And, I am not talking about our beds on a Sunday afternoon or about reading the latest time management book (I am growing fan of both things.). Real rest and the comfort of true wisdom are found in the throne room of Christ.  When we take to our knees in prayer and humbly trust upon the Lord, we will find peace regardless of the day or of our struggles. As the Psalmist says, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46). The moment we cast our cares upon the Lord and realize that he gives life, causes wars to cease, and brings healing to the sick, we will watch our world decelerate into a spiritual calm.  The best way to find rest in our crazy world is to prayerfully confess with faith that, “The Lord of hosts is with us;/ the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

Every joy or trial falleth from above,
Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love;
We may trust Him fully all for us to do.
They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true 

(Frances R. Havergal)