Impact

Down time

Last night I had a realization. Today was going to be my first “open” day in several weeks. As I finished my final tasks at the church, I could feel a flood of relief rush over me as my mind started contemplating that I could actually relax. I almost felt like celebrating.


Last night I had a realization. Today was going to be my first “open” day in several weeks. As I finished my final tasks at the church, I could feel a flood of relief rush over me as my mind started contemplating that I could actually relax. I almost felt like celebrating.

I called home to my wife who was already making dinner and I said, “I realize that this is quite late in the day to make this suggestion, but would you feel like getting together to eat with some of my family tonight? We can pack up the kids and see if we could convince everyone else to meet us at a restaurant somewhere.” My wife said, “Sure! That sounds fun.” So we put our kids in the van and made arrangements to meet my sisters and their kids at a Perkins Restaurant about an hour away.

We had a nice time talking on the drive. The kids enjoyed playing with their cousins at the restaurant. My mother even made the trip with my sisters to meet up with us. It was random, spontaneous, and a lot of fun.

As I went to bed last night, I fell asleep knowing that I had nothing to do today. I rested well and I woke up late today. Once I got myself moving, I ate some waffles and read for a short while as I enjoyed a good coffee. This has been a gift from God and I’m thankful for it.

In Mark 6:30-31 we read, “Then the apostles gathered around Jesus and told him everything they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come with me privately to an isolated place and rest a while” (for many were coming and going, and there was no time to eat).”

Today I’m taking the advice Jesus gave the apostles. I’m hanging out with Him and I’m resting for a while.

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