Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit,” whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” James 4:13-15
Winnie the Pooh: What day is it Christopher?
Christopher Robin: Today.
Winnie the Pooh: Oh, that is my favorite day! Yesterday, when there was tomorrow, it was too much day.
A Sabbath from Striving
Striving: making great efforts to achieve or obtain something; struggling or fighting vigorously. We do a lot of striving. We strive to obtain money, love, recognition, a better job, a better position, a better house, an annual vacation, affirmation, success, beauty, degrees, retirement. There is nothing sinful about striving to achieve a better life, but striving will exhaust us, especially when our striving is coupled with anxiety or fretfulness - and it often is! Jesus spoke of a more peaceful existence, one free from worry or striving, one filled with peace and rest. A Sabbath day will give us a day “off” from some of the striving, but what if we applied Jesus’ teaching and took a lifetime Sabbath from striving? Jesus said, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on...For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things” (Matthew 6:25; 32-34). Striving is always about tomorrow. During this COVID-19 shut down, some of us have been forced to stop striving. In spite of the adjustment, we have realized just how much we spin our wheels during normal times. The COVID-19 event may create a paradigm shift in all of us; a shift that will help us see more clearly through God’s eyes. He wants us to rest in the now, to not miss the now. There may be many holy moments throughout a day we miss because we are striving for tomorrow, for the goal. Take a Sabbath from striving!
Pray Psalm 103:1; 11-19:
1 Praise theLord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; 14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. 15 The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; 16 the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. 17 But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— 18 with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.