Thursday, May 26, 2016

Is it summer yet?

Is it summer yet? Alyson and I need it to be summer. Between the baseball games and ballet recitals, the school parties and the awards assemblies, we need summer. We need summer because we need life to be simpler. In our minds, summer equals simple. My guess is that we are not the only ones who long for life to be a little less hectic.

Everywhere you look people are overscheduled, overwhelmed, and downright exhausted. No one I know likes living this way, and yet, few of us seem to know how to get off the hamster wheel. It is notable that God did not set up life this way. He did make us for work, but God’s aim was never for us to work ourselves silly. God made us to work and rest. Six days you’ll work, he said, on the seventh day you will do no work. As a kid it seemed strange to me that God would have to command people not to work. Now, as an adult, I get it. Sometimes we have to be told, “Stop. Put the hammer down. Close the laptop. Turn off your phone. Stop working. Rest.”

Sabbath rest sounds so good, but how do we practice it in our lives? We are so bad at resting, so bad at saying no to lesser things for the purpose of saying yes to the best things. Such disciplined living doesn’t happen by accident. We have to consciously work at living simpler lives. We’re going to explore how to do just that this summer during our summer book study. Stating June 1, we will work our way through Bill Hybels book, Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul. You don’t have to have a book to participate in the study, but we have them available for purchase if you want one.

Summer Book Study: Simplify by Bill Hybels
  •  Wednesdays, 12:10-12:50 in the Multipurpose Room. Starts June 1.  
  • Bring your own lunch. Tea is provided.
  • Books are only $10 if you get them from the church. The paperback is $9.54 on Amazon, $9.06 on Kindle. You don’t have to have a book to participate in the study.
  • If you want to come and need childcare, please let the church office know (949-9633).

 My prayer is that this won’t be one more thing on your to-do list, but will be a helpful step in finding God through simplified living.

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him – Psalm 62:1

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Related Links
  • Worst End of School Year Mom Ever – The Today Show has reposted a Jen Hatmaker essay from a few years ago about her end of the schoolyear struggles. Super funny. Read, laugh, and enjoy. My kids are past the learning to read phase and all I can say is, “Praise God.”
  • Simplify by Bill Hybels – Preview the book on the book’s website.

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