But their actual point is quite biblical, and part of it is that God isn’t calling you to “do it all” in the world’s sense or even in our own personal mile-long to-do-list sense. The book constitutes a redefinition of “doing it all.”
Every day presents us with countless options for how to spend our time. However, only some are truly great deals. Only a few things are really important. […] It’s frequently these good things that distract us from the best things.
What obligations are we burdening ourselves with (or are others trying to load us down with) that God is not asking us to do?
Read the original posts:
- Simply Contemplate: Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung
- Shopping for Time: How to Do It All and NOT Be Overwhelmed by Carolyn Mahaney
Simple Sanity Saver: Scholé
Scholé is the Greek word from which the English school is derived. However, it’s a far cry from what passes as school these days. it’s translated as leisure, as the point and end-goal of any work we might do. We work in order to scholé, Aristotle says.
When we work in order to possess stuff, or worse yet, when we work in order to work more and better, our souls shrivel. We are not living as we were created to live. We were created to tend for relationship sake. When the fall ruined our orientation to work, God established 6 days of labor that culminated in a day of rest and gladness, a day of scholé, a day of worship. When Jesus rose from the dead and remade the world, the day of rest became Sunday, The Lord’s Day, the first day. We do not work to rest. We receive rest, leisure, wholeness in our worship, then from that blessing we go forth and tend the world. Rest should characterize our work, it is the energy behind our work, and always we return to it to be renewed. It’s not an earned rest, a vacation rest, it is a mindful, worshipful, received rest that God gives to us as a gift.
Let us walk in that grace rather than try to earn our own rest.