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But that never comes—it's the North American myth. We do get moments or days of rest, but there is always more to do. And that's good—"We are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:10). But in the midst of all the good stuff we get to be a part of, we need to remain centered. Rather than just accept what's normal, I want to press to match up better with Jesus' abnormality.

I can throw myself a pity party just about every day—some project is stalled, I had to have a hard conversation with someone I supervise, I feel tired, my computer punked out, the hits on the blog are down, somebody blew up over something and I need to reply with truth and love.

Despite all the thorns and thistles, I know I need to keep tilling the soil, caring for sprouting seeds, and watering the dry spots. I need to remember my friend Nate. And when I harvest wheat, there will be a good harvest, even if it's speckled with a few weeds.

Adapted from This Ordinary Adventure (IVP, 2012) by Christine and Adam Jeske. ©2012. Used by permission of IVP.

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