I have just sat down and had a good look through the August 2017 magazine, mainly to refresh myself as to what Norma said in her From the Vicarage article. In doing so, I was reminded of the good, professional job carried out in producing the magazine. A big thank you to all concerned, especially Judith and Jackie! (The new photocopier has also helped in the overall presentation of the magazine.)
One of the features that made me chuckle was the joke about the Vicar who had a hole in one whilst skipping service on Sunday morning to play a solo round of golf. His punishment was the fact that he won't be able to tell anyone about his success. It did, however, remind me that we shouldn't feel guilty when we take time out to enjoy ourselves (perhaps, in my case, not Sunday morning golf), as long as we get the balance right between work, rest and play. I know from my own experiences that when I have time off work I tend to dash around, 'playing' too much. I need to chill out more and simply rest. I am sure that at times we all struggle to get the balance right!
Of course, we are commanded by God in the Ten Commandments to rest on the Sabbath day, and this doesn't simply mean rest from physical activity, it also means experiencing peace of mind or spirit. Jesus says in Matthew 11:28 'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest...you will find rest for your souls.' Our burden could be over-work, over-play, or perhaps something else. Seeking spiritual rest and a relationship with Jesus changes meaningless, wearisome effort into spiritual productivity and even purpose in life.
As the summer draws to a close, it is not too late to take time out and simply rest in God's presence and assess life. There is a time to work, a time to rest and a time to play. Are you doing all three?
Tim and Norma