We’re all comfortable with spiritual disciplines like prayer, fellowship, and Scripture reading. But rest?

This afternoon I faced a decision. Usually this only happens in hypothetical situations, but today it was real life. You see, I’m at a stage in my life where I am once again very busy. I have the care of managing two businesses and overseeing dozens of employees. Add a regular preaching schedule and ministry opportunities on top of that, and you have a fairly busy lifestyle. And there’s one more thing you need to understand. Wednesday is my day off. Like most people, I spend a lot of my day off catching up on little odds and ends, doing those things that just don’t get done during the week. But by late afternoon, I generally try to jump in the car and run down to the sea for some chips, coffee, and a few hours of rest.

Well, today, at four o’clock, I had just one more thing left on my “today” to do list: “Sermon prep.” A pretty spiritual thing to do, eh? After all, I have some preaching engagements coming up and this is a sacred calling. So that was my decision. Do I rest or do I do sermon prep. Doing both was not an option because I have a full evening scheduled.

…the chips were good. I found a shop that sells coffee for $3.50 on the Esplanade. Most of the other shops sell it for $4.00 down there. The weather was lovely and the ocean was beautiful.

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About Jason Harris

Dr Jason Harris is a writer, pastor, and academic. He has authored multiple books, articles, and papers including his book Theological Meditations on the Gospel. Jason has a PhD from James Cook University as well as degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research. Jason has lived in Cairns, Australia since 2007 and serves as pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at jason@jasonharris.com.au.

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