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Editor’s journey


How would you spend a day off?

SPRINGFIELD, MO. — Ten believers were asked to describe their perfect day — how they would spend a day off. The answers included shopping with a new credit card, sipping sodas on a beach, reading a novel by the pool, sleeping late and eating breakfast in bed, and taking a long bike ride.

Some readers may wonder why “attending a prayer meeting” or “reading the Bible” didn’t make the list. That may be a fair question, but I’m more concerned with the notion that we can only honor God when we’re participating in church-related activities. We need to realize that we also honor and glorify God in the ordinary activities of life — like getting adequate rest or wrestling with the kids in the back yard.

We should never minimize the value of Bible reading, prayer and faithful church attendance. These disciplines help build intimacy with Jesus, which yields strength, comfort and guidance. But too many believers live with guilt because they feel they can’t measure up to some unrealistic standard. They don’t feel they read enough Scripture or spend enough time in prayer — so they experience a twinge of guilt every time they escape to do something fun.

Yes, we should find pleasure in spending time with the Lord. But He also wants us to enjoy other facets of life — like spending quality time with our family and friends. We can go fishing, work in the garden, swing a golf club, or bake a cake and know that God takes pleasure in our smiles, our laughter and our rest.

Be assured, the pause button of faith is not pushed every time we race around a tennis court or shopping mall. God is with us whether we’re working, worshiping or just simply relaxing.

Hal Donaldson

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