A Needed Break

I’m a disciplined person who relies on schedules and consistency to succeed. I also recognize the importance of taking a break so that the busy hours have purpose and meaning. It’s those slower hours that remind me of who I am, and whose I am.

With that in mind, my family and I are taking a break. Other than holidays, this is our first time away from the grind since August. It’s my first time away from our home place of ministry since May. It’s been wonderful. Visiting family. Sleeping in. Reading a lot. Wrestling with my son. Cross country skiing for hours on end. Here’s our view during a snow storm earlier yesterday.

I rarely take breaks from writing to you in this space because the consistency is life-giving for me, but this week is a needed break for me.

Of course, I’ll be back next week. For today I’ll leave you with a quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I’ve been reading a biography of his life while away, and have found it incredibly challenging.

I share this quote as a challenge to all of us to be people of the Word of God. How easy it is to become focused on other things as Christians, yet the Word beckons us to come and sit at its feet, drinking in the water of the Lord (Psalm 1).

“Do not try to make the Bible relevant. Its relevance is axiomatic. Do not defend God’s word, but testify to it. Trust to the Word. It is a ship loaded to the very limits of its capacity.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer