I am reminded when I practice Sabbath that my relationship with God through my ministry work is not the same as my relationship with God himself.
To the Parent Who Was Weary Before the New Year Started
Micah 6:8 tells us that the Lord’s requirements rarely include self-improvement unless they help us “act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.”
In an ever-changing, fast-paced, hustling world, teenagers need the gracious reminder that Jesus invites weary souls to come to him and rest.
Our ministries cannot sit on the throne of our hearts if Jesus is already sitting there.
Jesus doesn’t need my wise parenting, my school volunteer hours, or my completed task list.
In his original design for humanity and again on the Cross, God shows us his love for us does not demand unceasing productivity.
Even as I preach the gospel of rest and acceptance to myself, those ugly performance idols keep rearing up, beckoning me to worship achievement above Jesus.