We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


I was reading a children’s book from the 1800’s, one I will be publishing, that reminded me about an important principle of rest and replenishing. In our busy lives it is so easy to forget to rest and be still. During this Thanksgiving holiday it seemed there was plenty of time to rest as I visited with family, friends, and the TV. From football, to parades, to Hallmark holiday movies, to Chris Cringle, to Facing the Giants, to the food channel, to Rambo, there was something for everyone for as much time as one wanted to be entertained. When I am tired, I find that if a TV is available, I succumb easily. It is one of the reasons I do not have a TV in my home. I know that in my flesh I would do what I do not want to do (Romans 7). Moreover, we have been called by God to rest and replenish our strength, our creativity, our relationships, our goals, and our entire being…one day a week. When we take seriously this one day a week to rest and enjoy God, we will find the new week take on an entirely new dimension. Just as our physical strength is renewed after rest, if we would begin practicing resting with God, we will experience what Isaiah was conveying when he said we would run and not be weary, walk and not faint teach us Lord, to wait.

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