Note from Pastor - 5/29/22

As the summer begins, most of us have plans for travel and vacation.  The Sabbath principle informs us of our need for rest.  So I want to urge you to rest well this summer, but don’t become lazy.

The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.  All day long he craves and craves, but the righteous gives and does not hold back.  –Proverbs 21:25-26

The great irony of slothful people is that they’re restless.  They’re never quite satisfied with anything.  Dorothy Sayers describes sloth as, “the sin which believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, loves nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and only remains alive because there is nothing it would die for.”

We must not be slaves to our work. Work like any other gift can become an idol in our lives where we seek to find identity and purpose.  While a flourishing life demands meaningful work, it is also necessary to step away from that work from time to time so that we can remember that our identity and provision is ultimately found in God.  Therefore, work hard and rest well.  Have a plan for your rest this summer.  Give yourself to neither workaholism nor sloth, but to a Christ-centered approach to both work and rest.  Only then will you live out the imputed righteousness of Christ and thereby be one who “gives and does not hold back.”
- Pastor Ben Bowden

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