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Category : Exodus, R3, trust

  

R3 has been in existence for almost 1.5 years.  And during that time I’ve never taken a leave of absence.  The most time I’ve taken off is over the weekends, or occasionally a day or two when I’ve been sick.  But all that’s about to change!  For the first time since R3 started I plan on taking a few days off.  Two weeks to be exact.  But don’t worry.  You’ll get regularly scheduled posts over the next two weeks.  I have lots of content pre-written. 

I’ve never been very good at taking time off from anything.  Because I get bored easily, I look to keep myself occupied.  Which means I tend to ignore the idea of a Sabbath.  But there’s a reason God tells us to rest.  Nothing was made to always work.  Not even a website. 

For me this rest will allow me to catch up on some reading.  It will also let me refill my “creative well” so to speak.  Those are important reasons to rest.  But perhaps the most important reason is to simply see that the world goes on even if we don’t.  We often talk ourselves into believing that if we stop working, the world (or perhaps just your house) will fall apart.  It doesn’t.  The world always goes on.

It’s comforting knowing that when I come back in two weeks, R3 will be chugging along, even without my direct supervision.

busy, busy

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Category : God, bible, faith, mission

      

One of the interesting aspects about blogging is the sense of obligation you develop.  I feel like I’ve made a commitment to you, the reader, to have something new here three times a week.  When I don’t post new material it feels like I’m not holding up my end of the bargain.  I begin to feel like I need to apologize for any irregular posting.  I feel like I’m letting you down.

Isn’t that strange?

Isn’t it strange that something we start out doing with good intentions changes into something that becomes consuming?  How is it that something we start as a joy, so quickly becomes a burden?  Why is it that we get so wrapped up in accomplishing tasks, that we miss the whole point?

What first got me thinking about this was reading the Bible.  I try to do that regularly.  My goal is to read the Bible within one year.  I have no idea why I chose a year.  It just seemed like a good length of time.  The problem is I started in February.  And a quick glance at the calendar reveals that February is not, in fact, the start of the year.  So since February I’ve been trying to squeeze a year’s plan into 10 months.  This means I need to really stay on top of my reading.  Unfortunately on some days, the reason why I started reading the Bible gets completely lost.  I’m only concerned about the fact that I’m supposed to read 12 pages today.

Completing the task becomes my goal, not learning about God.  When that happens God loses out to my agenda.  So what happens when God wants you to do other things?  What happens when God wants to interrupt your agenda to insert his own?

You get annoyed.  Or at least I do. 

God isn’t really impressed with my streak of reading the Bible on consecutive days.  Or impressed when I post regularly.   He’s more impressed when I drop what I’m doing and serve someone else.  Even if that’s a major inconvenience. 

No matter what I’m doing, or how important I think I am to something, nothing is more important than keeping God the focal point of your life.  We are created to be in relationships with others.  We are created to serve.  And anything that gets in the way of that is unhealthy.  Even if it’s reading the Bible, posting on a blog, watching TV, or volunteering for charity.

I never want my life to be about word counts, or regular blogging.  I want my life to be about serving God, wherever that may take me.  And to do that, I need to leave space in my life for God to fill, so I can be revolutionary just like him.