Last week, I forgot to post my memory verse (although, you’ll be happy to know, I did pass my on-air test with flying colors!) How could I forget to post, you ask? Well perhaps I was taking it to heart:
“One handful of rest is better than two fists full of labor and striving after wind.” Ecclesiastes 4:6
I guess I was enjoying a bit of rest! This little verse, written by a rather melancholy Solomen, touched my poetic fancy with its phrasing and meaning, but even more, it resonated with my deep desire to not labor in vain, and to live with a healthy balance between labor and rest. As a culture, we tend glorify the busy person. But not all “busy” is created equal. How are you spending your busy time? Does it have value for you, your family or others? What is the cost of your busy?
This unsuspecting verse lingers in my mind throughout the day as I work with my husband to build a new ministry. We believe that we have been called to lead Forward Through Faith, but that means we must continually “check in” with the one who called us, making sure we are not busy for the wrong purposes and striving after wind. Rest is the critical, God-given ingredient necessary for clarity of purpose. Next time your spinning your wheels, don’t ignore the call to rest. Stop fighting it… it’s the best thing that can happen to your “busy”!