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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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August 24, 2011 - Rest and Renewal

By Randy Mantik

Summer is yard sale season. They might call them rummage sales, thrift sales or garage sales where you are. (I’ve even heard them called jumble sales). They sprout up all around us each year. We periodically join the ranks ourselves.

If I were to sum up what yard sales are all about, they allow you to sell stuff you had forgotten that you once thought you could absolutely not live without!

Yard sales can help us clean stuff out of the recesses of our homes. (Watch out for those spiders!) We all need to do some housecleaning like this in our lives as well. Typically, it comes in our times of rest. The psalmist put it this way:

“He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul” (Psalm 23:2,3, NIV).

What does rest do for my soul?

Restocks the shelves. This has a wonderful side benefit, and that is that the shelves don’t get dusty. God doesn’t want us to hang on to anything too long.

Replaces the old stuff with new stuff. This is the toughest part. Old junk has to go. He helps us to choose.

Removes unessential activity. Particularly when we reenter our everyday life after a time of rest, we discover those activities that are time and energy wasters.

Rest gives us the opportunity to re-evaluate what to keep and what to throw away. The key thing is connecting with God in an intimate way. Prayer gives us the needed guidance to restructure our lives.

“When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly” (Matthew 6:6, NKJV).

In the secret place we can find rest and restoration for our souls. That’s the purpose of times of rest. To retune, refresh and replenish in Christ.

We’re in this together. I’m pulling for you. I hope that in these final hectic summer days you can find time to re-create in the Lord’s presence.

— Randy Mantik is lead pastor at CrossPoint AG in Portage, Wis.

 

 

 

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