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A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

Go!

After ten days in Hawaii and 2 days of travel, I got off the plane ready to GO!  I thought I had choir practice in four hours.  After I found there was no choir, I continued to work.  There was plenty to do preparing for the next two days of ministry at Special Gathering.  We are a ministry within the mentally challenged community.  Our objective is evangelism and discipleship of this important sub-culture.

Things went well.  I even slept.  Then Monday came.   Sunday was a less-sleep night, with two hours, rather than my usual six to seven.  Chalking it up to jet-lag, I endeavored to keep moving.  I had a schedule of things that needed to be done.  On top of my list was preparing a month of sermons.  I had one of the sermons finished.  Therefore, there were only four more to go.  This usually takes about two hours.

Strangely, it took all day for me to complete this familiar task.  There were program problems; but I can’t blame everything on Bill Gates.  I simply wasn’t able to get back into my work routine.

Feasting in Hawaii

Understand, I am a huge supporter of rest.  The only commandment Christians break with spiritual glee is “Remember the Sabbath day…”  We never acknowledge the week-long feast days the Law requires. Even the Jewish people ignored the seventh year of prescribed rest and the 50th Year of Jubilee.  I know that we are no longer under the bondage of the Law.  But the Spirit of the Law should live and reign in our hearts.

Therefore, I firmly believe in the importance of taking time for rest, reflection and relaxation.  However, at the end of the vacation, I’m ready to get back to a productive work day which is why I was distressed that I was not able to print my sermons at 6:30pm or 7:00 or 7:30.  I hoping that today will be a more productive day.  However, whether I’m able to complete my yesterday’s list or not “This is the day that the Lord has made.”  I will rejoice and be glad in it.

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