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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Rest and Recuperation

God's intent for the Sabbath was our restoration. Complete the following sentences:
a. I find physical rest/recuperation when I __________________________.
b. I find mental rest/recuperation when I ___________________________.
c. I find emotional rest/recuperation when I ________________________.
d. I found spiritual rest/recuperation when I ________________________.

(Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1395).

Some exploratory questions I would ask regarding the physical aspect: do you feel tired, exhausted, suffering from fatigue and persistent aches and pains?

Questions regarding the mental aspect: do you feel disinterested in life, not stimulated intellectually, having a diminished curiosity accompanied by an inability to focus?

Questions regarding the emotional: do you feel estranged from your feelings; are you feeling emotionally exhausted, drained, or inert?

Questions regarding the spiritual: do you feel spiritually spent—that you have given your best days pursuing unworthy goals—things without lasting meaning but instead fixated on narrow and transient selfish interest?

Rest and recuperation must transpire on a broad front including the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Sometimes stupid things are asserted implying that mind over matter is all—just muster brute courage and effort and pull oneself up by attitude alone. Jesus realized the importance of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. He ministered to the sick and mentally distraught; comforted the emotionally spent; and illumined lives spiritually bringing faith, hope, and love.

I work (at least for two more weeks before I retire) in the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Saint Petersburg. In our programs we address all four critical areas—the ultimate goal being to bring restoration to all participants.

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