Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Life Shapes - semi-circle

(notes from sermon 5/15/2005 at CO church by Pastor KM)

Mark 6:31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they [the disciples] did not even have a chance to eat, he [Jesus] said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." 

I drew my semi-circle upside down.  Now that I am re-looking at it 5 years later, I realize it is supposed to be on the bottom so it can rock, not on the flat so it is a hill.  The Semi-Circle stands for Living in Rhythm.  Commonsense doesn't lead us to a life of rhythm. but then again, when did Jesus make sense?  

-Is it possible that self absorption with bringing rhythm to our lives disrupts rhythm?
-Giving away life brings rhythm.  ... we need to Live at the Speed of Grace.

This rhythm includes 2 important factors...work and rest.  We need equal amounts of both.  Too often we focus on the work.  To get the semi-circle to balance, we need to rest as well.  We are not a society that rests well. We go and do and work and create excuses to not rest.  We have so many distractions. So much noise.  I see it as, if we don't keep the semi-circle balanced, we're gonna slide off in exhaustion and be in worse trouble that before.

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