Time off and back to business

FYI… last week’s sickness really had me down and I took the week to rejuvenate my body and my mind, which includes the Morning Thought. Thanks for your prayers and your patience.

I think everyone deserves a time to refresh, renew, rejuvenate, regain, and repair.
Jesus often took time to do it with prayer.

And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. Matt 14:23

Getting away from the crowds and getting alone with Father is what renewed His strength.

It does not say Jesus or any other person took vacations or a day off. There was probably no way to do that in an agrarian society. If you did not work, you did not eat; you did not provide for yourself the means to barter for other goods and services. In other words, the common person could not afford to take a day off.

There were no vacations until perhaps the 19th century and it was the elite usually taking time off, quite often, for health reasons.
The Puritans would take a day off for church and fellowship. The preacher would tell everyone the blessings of hard work and the sin of idleness.

Certainly the Bible had things to say about that subject.

Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger. Prov 19:15

She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Prov 31:27

Because of laziness the building decays, and through idleness of hands the house leaks. Eccl 10:18

Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; Ezek 16:49

Now vacation’s, holidays, and personal days off are pretty common place. Linda is on spring break this week and I took a week vacation to be with her.

But vacations can’t last forever. And taking a little time off from daily devotion can’t be put on permanent hold.

As Jesus said, and I take liberty to use this here,

Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business? Luke 2:49

Lesson from an Ant

I have finally started cutting firewood. I’m just a tad behind my regular schedule of doing it, which usually starts in May/June so that it is well seasoned by the first fire!

It’s not that I’m lazy, I just haven’t felt like doing it, which may be another way of saying that I’ve been a bit lazy. I like to tell others that I’m not lazy – I’m just slow!

I’m also behind on redoing our bathroom. I bought a surround shower/tub and the wall board back in March. I haven’t done a thing with any of it.

I have not learned the lesson from an ant.

Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest. How long will you slumber, O sluggard? Prov 6:6-9

I could make excuses about not getting anything done. I’m the praise leader and pastor of my church. So I’m responsible for getting the music and the sermons for Wednesday’s and Sunday’s, along with their presentation on multimedia. I also work full-time at two Christian radio stations.
Are you impressed?
Neither is my fireplace!

I’m not the only person that has this problem with laziness. I see it very often on Sunday’s.

In fact, I have some tell me that they wanted to come to church but just couldn’t get out of bed or just couldn’t get moving or just couldn’t get ready in time.

I’ll bet every excuse disappeared by work time Monday morning!

I will share some advice to those that just can’t make it to church and with those that just can’t get up to cut firewood – put one foot in front of the other and the body will follow!

Abba, I want to be more productive in these last days. In Jesus name, YES&AMEN

Do what you can!

On June 21st a storm rolled through late in the evening; I remember because I documented the damage with pictures.
This storm was so powerful that it topped trees and blew many over, including at my home.
I ended up with a pine top on the house and another on the barn. Continue reading