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Push "Pause"
Theme of the Week: Rest from the Driven Life
Thursday, February 20, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: One handful of peaceful repose is better than two fistfuls of worried work. (Ecclesiastes 4:6, The Message)

Dig Deeper: Ecclesiastes 3:9-15

Play was so natural for me as a child and a youth, but that has faded in my adult life. Recently, my family and I spent the evening in our living room playing Catch Phrase. At first, I could feel resistance rising: "I really have important things I should be doing. I feel like being alone. And I'm not really a game player." But in a moment of God-given awakening, I realized how thin and silly those excuses were. It was evening. At that moment, what was more important than unhurried time spent enjoying my bride and my three teenage sons? Was anything better waiting for me in the cave that is my home office? No!

We ended up laughing and talking together for a couple of hours. When it was over I could tell that it had been life-giving for each one of us. Times like these form a life-sustaining trellis on which good things can grow.

Unlike work that results in a mortgage payment or a cleaner house, real play is an activity that has no obviously profitable purpose. Play is not for the purpose of accomplishing something. In fact, it is the opposite: play pushes the pause button on our tendency toward unceasing productivity.

—Alan Fadling in An Unhurried Life

My Response: When was the last time I pushed the pause button and had fun with my family? What benefits did I receive?

Thought to Apply: Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.—Sir John Lubbock (British statesman, banker, naturalist)

Adapted from—An Unhurried Life by Alan Fadling (IVP, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Father, please help me to live my life at a healthy pace. Teach me to follow the rhythms of rest that you've created me to enjoy.

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