Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day

Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) This is Labor Day Weekend. Some consider it the official end of summer. Although it seems to me like summer ended sometime in mid June. Some go on trips or make an extra effort to see family. Certainly less people will be here this morning. Others get lots of work done around the house. Some of us will watch football, play golf, and cook outside. I noticed the other morning that a friend of mine is posting step by step pictures on Facebook of how he is cooking his brisket this weekend. That better be one yummy brisket.

Most of us wouldn't consider ourselves overly rested. Our jobs keep us busy. So do our families and our friends. Then there is paying bills, grocery shopping, hobbies, church, fitness, household management, and dozens of other things. We aren't an overly rested population. Just check around and notice how many people are yawning this morning. You will be listening to one of the top young preachers in Methodism, maybe even God's entire Church, and people are so tired that they yawn. Seriously, this one life that God gives us is right in front of us and some of us are too tired to live it much less enjoy it.

I pray that this weekend is a time when you can go to God, give Him your burdens and tiredness, and accept his rest. More important, I pray you can find small nuggets of time each day and a good part of one day each week where you allow God to replenish your soul, mind, and body.

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