One of the biggest barriers to overall health and well-being is lack of rest. We are all about work and duty and tasks and responsibilities; yet the dialog about rest and leisure and hobby and exercise is often lacking, or with some folks, nonexistent.
I like to cross things off my to-do list. I use tear-off notepads and make lists and lists of what needs to get done today and in the coming days. My lists include unwanted tasks as well as life-giving ones. Then I set to work to accomplish them and cross them off. Done. Finished. Wrapped up. Nice and neat. List tossed in the trash. While some of my friends enjoy the process, I find more delight in the completion. Only then can I rest.
Lake Brienz, Switzerland. Photo: Mark Burkholder (Mark 6:31-34) Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a … Continue reading In The Boat
In this 5th line of our prayer, we are asked to be willing to surrender what God claims, to surrender what we already have or whatever God asks of us, withholding nothing. I already talked about what it took to surrender my home in Pennsylvania to move to Texas. Over the years, other gigantic surrenders … Continue reading Surrender what You Claim
That's me in the center with my mom, dad and younger sister in our "Robinson Crusoe" home in Kaisenik, PNG. Over the course of my 51 years, I have lived in many different homes and slept on countless guest beds and couches. In Papua New Guinea, we had a village home, and our mission base … Continue reading God is My Home