Hello BCS community! I thought I would share a story I initially shared with the teachers this Monday. One of the perennial topics God teaches me is the importance of the cycles of rest and work. I hope you will be encouraged by my story!
A story from my day this past Sunday (it looks long, but it will read fast!)
Our church has just launched a second parish in the city of Reading. Right now the core launch team is meeting at a restaurant, mi casa su casa (we are moving into a building the first week in December.) Carrie and I have been helping to lead worship there once a month, and the whole setup is temporary, of course. Well, it ended up being a real adventure... here's how it looked:
I struggle with change and when things don't go according to plan. I truly hate that. (No surprise to those of you who have worked with me or known me for any significant portion of time!) Ironically, the sermon series right now at our church is on anxiety (Luke 4:4-34) . Anxiety and rest and Sabbath are directly tied together.
Amid all the craziness yesterday, when things were not going right over and over again, I was actually laughing about it and not getting worked up or upset. Later in the day, I had to reflect on why. And I think this is the answer: I had made a firm decision that this day, my day of rest, was not going to be about work or accomplishing anything. And so, when things didn't go according to plan, I was able to accept them readily because I had to assume this is what God had intended because this day was about what He was doing, not what I was accomplishing.
Had I not had that mindset on the day, I fear what might have happened. Probably some speeding, some frustrated words with my wife, and some stressful, strained moments in a church service ending in a collapse of exhaustion and frustration.
And then of course, came the reminder from my Father, the obvious conclusions that we see when we pause long enough to listen: Phil, this is how I want you to live EVERY day.
"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! (Luke 12:27-28).
Nothing like a practical application of the sermon literally as it is happening.
We ended our worship set with the hymn My Faith Has found a Resting Place:
"I need no other argument, I need no other plea:
it is enough that Jesus died and that he died for me!"
Slowing down and resting allows us to live out what we believe: that no matter the circumstance, good or bad, minor or life-changing, our faith rests on the completed work of Jesus.
What about you? What does your life look like with and without rest? What are we teaching our students about rest and work by the patterns we are living out in front of them?
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
Have a great day BCS Community!
check out the BCS video update from November 10, 2015
Philip S. Warner, administrator of Berks Christian School.