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Rest is Good

European Redneck

I just read my wife’s post about how important it is for her to rest and was reminded of my severe limitations. Our exhaustion and need for rest are a sign of our weak and limited nature. We live just like that pink bunny that keeps going and going, but even it needs a battery change. God made us to depend on him for everything. We need rest. Ultimately, he is our rest. One day, we will live on and on with a full tank in his presence by the light of his face in the New Heaven and New Earth. Returning to work won’t feel foggy and groggy. All of our effort will be spent and full all at once. The strain and pain will be gone. The blood, sweat, and tears will be a distant memory, if at all. Until then, until Jesus returns, he’s wonderfully arranged for our rest and renewal by the power of his Spirit and his Word, and all of this, within his glorious creation. The weight of it lies in our trust in our God, the one who never, ever tires.

How will you find rest and time to recharge this summer so that you can live in full swing for God’s glory?

Rest is good. God rested. He wants you to rest. Trust him with your work.


Of the Setting of Goals, There is No End, Actually

When I don’t have a plan to eat healthy foods, I don’t eat healthy foods. You know, the whole fail/plan-plan/fail thing. Nobody wants to do that. But, when I do set specific goals to eat healthy foods, the meticulous thoughts about food and quality of choice in my food tends to increase immensely. So I was thinking, as long as my motivations are founded in ultimate Goodness, that is, for the glory of God, then any goals that I set will necessarily increase the overall value of whatever subject therein. Okay, so if my goal is to play more basketball, then being the dude created in the image of God that I am, I will necessarily think and work hard at my enjoyment, skill and competition in it. I won’t just simply play more basketball. Once I walk onto the court, I’ve already unknowingly set more fine-tuned goals that continue to increase its quality – my overall experience. For instance, I know I didn’t just walk on with everyday shoes. No, I’m wearing Zoom Kobe VIs, and I’m wearing gym clothes, not jeans. I’m measuring up my opponent. I’m taking post, the right position for me with my gorilla-boxing out and rebound instincts. Oh, I’m a brick wall, and you’ll end up on the wrong side when the ball comes down. Moving on. You see, with whatever we care about, we can’t not set goals. And once we set one, several more perfecting, secondary goals follow shortly after.

So what am I saying?

We’re goal setters. We set goals. We’re becomers. We become. But it doesn’t just stop there. We become like there’s no tomorrow. We become like we’ve never became before. If you’re a foodie, to everyone’s annoyance, think of the foodie you’ll become. Your selection process and enjoyment thereof will eventually be out of this world (think how many more times you’ll hyperbolize about food before you die). And so on. But stop and think for a sec.

If you are in Christ, he will perfect you, eventually, to become like him, and your goals will go through a dramatic shift. We will stand face to face with our Chief Good, God himself. He will look on us, clothed in the righteousness of Christ, and we will know justice and peace in loving embrace with our Father God. There’ll be no more becoming. What a relief! No more pressure for the indie band on their upcoming sophomore release. “It’s all good” will be “for real.” With no distracting sin, pain, or sadness, we’ll actually be free to image God as he created us to do so. Our goal setting will be hijack proof with no deviation. And, the pinnacle of all our goals will be utter amazement and unimaginable delight in God as we go on through all eternity living it up in the New Earth and the New Heaven.

So for now, in view of eternity, become the becomer you were born to be until Christ forms you to become like he.

By the way, once we reach the other side, being the urbanite that I wish, you can find me in the eternal city, The New Jerusalem, ’cause that’s where it’s at… all the action.