One of the best ways to maintain your perspective on what's truly important is to plan times of rest and recreation. The word recreation means to "recreate": to recharge your batteries physically, spiritually, emotionally, and relationally. Rest and recreation re-store your creativity, fuel your vision, and bring balance to your world. The fact is, some of the people we admire most are socially and relationally dysfunctional. For example, if you took the pulpit away from certain preachers and the CEO title away from certain executives, they'd be totally lost. And if you're honest, you'd conclude that in all likelihood they needed counseling. They've only one string on their fiddle—work. Without it they don't know how to live! The Bible says that God rested from all his work" (see Genesis 2:2).-Now, since God doesn't sleep and never gets tired, clearly He was setting an example for us to follow. Purpose-driven people can become obsessed with work and believe they don't have time for fun. Some may even consider fun to be "carnal." But Jesus said to His disciples, "Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest:" (Mark 6:31). God, who thought that taking time off was so important that He put it in the Bible, said, " If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; . . . " (lsaiah 58:13-14). So the word for you today is: "Start taking time off."
"And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:" (Philippians 3:9)
When we accept Christ as our Savior, His righteousness is placed upon us. It is not our own semblance of righteousness (which is as filthy rags) that clothes us, but Christ's own perfection (which is as robes of white).
My Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for Your love that allows me to be clothed in Your righteousness! May I never take it for granted!
Week #38 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 19-21
Monday: (History) 2 Chronicles 6-10
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 114-116
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 26-27
Thursday: (Prophecy) Obadiah
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 1-2
Saturday: (Letters) Hebrews 1-4