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From the Book
There is a real pull between exploring those things that make us come alive while, at the same time, being present to our responsibilities and our life stages. But why do we so often assume that pursuing those things we want to pursue can only be done at the expense of our responsibilities? Why can’t we recognize and embrace the connection between the kind of art we long to make and the reality of our truest identity?
What if you desire to do a particular thing because God created you a particular way, not to tease you or to make you miserable, but to actually mold you into becoming more like him, for his glory and the benefit of others?
Could it be possible that the thing you most long for, the thing you notice and think about and wish you could do, is the thing you were actually made and are being equipped to do? Could it also be possible that somewhere along the way you got the message that to follow desire would be selfish, when really, it would be the opposite?
<A Million Little Ways> Emily P. Freeman p47
I’ve been serving a group of singles in their 30s in my church for two and a half years. On the last Sunday of April, we had a chance to talk about one thing that we needed the most in that month as our April was almost over. Rest, they said. They needed a break from their ordinary lives and be free from stress. “And what for?” I wanted to ask back, but just held my mouth.
Please don’t get me wrong. I believe all people deserve to have a safe yet playful place to take a break from their mundane days. Let us not forget that even God himself rested on the seventh day of creation. But as a believer, I believe we need to redefine the definition of ‘taking a break’ by including four more verbs: Tune, Reinterpret, Replenish, and Give.
We take a break to tune our perspective to the frequency of God’s perspective.
We take a break to reinterpret the debris of our wounded hearts with Jesus’s language.
We take a break to replenish our souls with Holy Spirit’s creativity.
And above all, get ready to give your small world the glimpse of real refreshment that only the Creator of rest itself can give; because I believe that we are made to pursue a life of giving.
So, welcome to our table. I pray you may find peace at our table for the next ten days. Remember. You are what you give.
1. Write: 오늘의 단어인 'pursue'를 넣은 문장을 영작해주세요. 문장이 길지 않아도 되어요. 한 문장이어도 괜찮아요! Remember. This place is the place to make mistakes and errors!
2. Recite: 눈으로 읽는 것과 소리를 내어 읽는 과정의 차이. 분명히 있답니다! 그 차이, 꼭 느끼고 누려보세요. 오늘의 책 부분을 핸드폰 녹음기로 녹음하여 카톡창에 공유해보세요. 10일의 기간 동안 7회 이상 Recite 미션을 인증하시는 분들께 드릴 특별한 선물을 준비하고 있어요. :)