I am not, as they say, a morning person. But I have 4 early morning meetings each week (5:30-7:00am). So I am in a constant struggle to get in bed early.
As I have aged I have noticed that my struggle has become even more difficult. Because of this I do a lot of reading about the value of sleep. It is a good motivator. I have read several articles about the waste removal system that our brains use and I wanted to pass on this one.
In his book, The Life You’ve Always Wanted, John Ortberg wrote:
Before Elijah was to spend a prolonged time in solitude and prayer at Mount Horeb, the angel of the Lord had him take not one, but two long naps. Contrast this with the disciples at Gethsemane, who could not pray because they kept falling asleep. Sleep is a gift from God … For some of you reading this book, perhaps the single most spiritual thing you could do right now is to put it down and take a nap.
I ran across this today and thought it was worth passing on. It’s a short read that came out 3 days ago in The Atlantic. The Title is “Workism Is Making Americans Miserable.” It’s full of links to other studies and confirms the rising role of the devotion to work, often over family, faith and relationships.
Here is a little tease:
“The decline of traditional faith in America has coincided with an explosion of new atheisms. Some people worship beauty, some worship political identities, and others worship their children. But everybody worships something. And workism is among the most potent of the new religions competing for congregants … In the past century, the American conception of work has shifted from jobs to careers to callings—from necessity to status to meaning.”
An important read.
“Most Christians are like people who watch previews of a movie constantly. Somebody is explaining to me what the movie is about. So, I feel like I’ve watched it, but I never did. I know the story line, but I haven’t been caught up in the story itself. So, let’s watch the movie … Reading the entire Bible takes about 80 hours. So, if you do about an hour or two per week, you very comfortably finish the book every year.”
— Bill Hwang
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
2 Peter 1:5-7
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.
1 Thessalonians 3:12
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 2not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another— and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I with them.
All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
1 John 4:11-13
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.
See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!