Saturday's Relaxing Dose ... 16th October 2010

Beware of the Barrenness of a Busy Life              

"Come apart and rest a while." - Mark 6:31.

I have read how one church leader, whom I will
call Andrew, had a hobby raising pigeons. On one
occasion a church member who was returning from
a hunting trip stopped by Andrew's place and found
him playing with one of his birds and gently
corrected him for wasting his time.

Andrew, noticing his friend's hunting bow, said that
the string was loose whereupon the man replied,
"Yes, I always loosen the string of my bow when it's
not in use. If it stayed tight, it would lose its
resilience and fail me in the hunt."

"And I am now relaxing the bow of my mind," said Andrew,
"so that I may be better able to shoot the arrows of
divine truth."

Work is important. We need to eat and we need to take
care of our family, but over-busyness can be an
affliction. Without sufficient rest and relaxation we
will eventually lose our health and not be able to
work efficiently. And without taking time to nurture
and be nurtured in loving relationships, life becomes
empty and meaningless.

We need to follow the advice of Jesus when he said to
his disciples, "Come apart and rest a while." Or as
somebody else put it, "Come apart and rest a while
before you come apart."

Prayer: "Our Loving Father in Heaven, please help me
not to be controlled by the pressures of life or the
'tyranny of the urgent,' but to maintain a balance
between work, recreation, relationships, and spiritual
disciplines. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team