Many of us will wear many hats, titles, and positions; but no other calling is more sacred than the call to just “be” in God’s presence…
There were so many pivotal moments in the New Testament Bible where Jesus was very much active – preaching, teaching, discipling, counseling, healing, and preparing for His destination to the cross. I’m so thankful for the service and sacrifice of Christ because without this truth – I, you, and the whole world for that matter would be without hope.
I recently did a teaching at a women’s event about Jesus’ busy life, His purposeful mission to bring hope to a broken world, and the absolute dedication He had to RESTING. When and why would Jesus, being fully empowered by Heaven itself, need to slow down?
Although Jesus was 100% God, Jesus was also 100% human.
So we witness, over and over again, in the scriptures where Jesus would literally retreat to isolated places, mountains, different towns, boats, and moments of strategic prayer in a complete mode of trusting and depending on the Father to renew and refresh Him (Mark 1:12, Mark 1:16, Mark 1:35, Luke 5:15-16, Mark 2:13, Luke 6:12-13, Matthew 14:23, Mark 7:24, Mark 9:2, John 10:39-41, Mark 14:32).
So how much more should we accept the call to just “be” in a culture that constantly promotes the idea of constantly “doing” – especially during the holiday season?
How can busy folks like ourselves slow down during the frenzy of holiday gatherings, parties, shopping, outreach events, work overtime, and new year hustling?
Here are a few suggestions:
- Keep what’s important first – time with God and quality time with family/friends.
- Resist the temptation to pack the calendar with Christmas events done “in His name” as every spiritual venture is not a direct connection to a deeper faith in Christ.
- Adopt the courage to just “be” as we embrace a few quiet moments with intentional meditation over our favorite cup of tea/coffee and a willingness to pause and reflect on the miracle birth of a Savior.
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