time for an update

Killing some time in Panera while my daughter has a worship rehearsal at church, I realize that I have many notices on my phone for app updates. Perfect timing, I say. It’s Sunday, and I have nothing pressing to tend to at the moment. Why not take the next several minutes and update everything?

My productivity focus on other days of the week leads me to believe that there is no time for modifying my phone. I would rather work with a limited app than to take the time to download updated features. Today, however, is different. These 14 alerts that respectfully seek my attention shall receive it.

Have you ever heard the expression, “There’s nothing new under the sun?” The wise Solomon spoke it, and it’s true. When it comes to our personal need for an update, God already designed our lives for such an opportunity. It’s called a day of rest.

Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work… For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day” (Exodus 20:9-11).

Do you have this day built into your weekly routine- a day to recharge, to get updated? Let’s face it: we can find ourselves running on a limited ability in less than six days time. Some people claim they are overcome by circumstances only a day or two into their work week. They need an update! There’s more capability out there for their hearts, minds and bodies to handle this level of pressure, but they’re not yet accessing it.Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 7.47.30 AM

Personally, my app update day is Sunday. My schedule is clear of appointments, clear of student activities affecting my children, clear of shopping demands and chores. Sunday is my day of rest. I start the day with the people of God. We gather for worship and sing praises to the One who rests upon His eternal throne. “It’s okay,” my heart concludes. “God’s got this; He is on His throne, and none of this catches Him by surprise.”

Peace app updated.

Another need I discover is that I’m just not feeling 100%. You know how it can come on so suddenly- a less-than-par feeling after a work week of crazy activity? I discover I’m sleep deprived and overstimulated by a full schedule. After church we have lunch and go home to rest. Trust me when I say this- we are lazy and only exert ourselves to operate the remote control so that we can enjoy a movie together as a family!

Health app updated.

It’s on this day that I also refrain from doing my usual work that demands creativity. It’s not that I make myself stay away from the computer; I simply have a peace that allows me to rest from the call to produce.

Mental app updated.

How about you? Are you utilizing the most up-to-date resources for your spiritual, physical and mental well-being? If you’re feeling tapped out, you will find that a regular appointment each week to rest is what the Great Physician ordered. Trust Him with this prescription- God only offers what He Himself has!

Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).

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