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The Day After Labor Day

September 4, 2018

Back to whatever is our regular routine today.

Two brief encouragements; one says to Get Going and the other says to Slow Down. Apply as needed —

Don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Boss, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate one you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.

— Our old friend St. Paul wrote that. It’s in our Bibles as Colossians 3:23-25. Some people you and I know need to read and heed…maybe including, well, the two of us.

But then there’s also this —

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

— Jesus said that in Matthew 11:28-30. Some people you and I know need to read and heed…and again, maybe including, well, the two of us.

And yes, I preached from both biblical paragraphs two days ago. As someone I admire told me a long time ago, “If we’re honest, sometimes we preach what we need to hear ourselves. Fortunately, it’s usually what others need to hear, too.”

See you back here tomorrow. Meanwhile, which hits home with you today: what St. Paul wrote or what Jesus said?

There is no wrong answer here…only our honest one.

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