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GOD'S MINISTRY HAS REST STOPS
by John Clark 
10/13/11
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God's work has no rest areas. I heard this statement made by a prominent Christian teacher in front of an auditorium packed with future Christian leaders. Clearly, this is a wrong message to send. I also have read many accounts of people so busy proclaiming God's message that they do not get enough sleep at night. As our writing and speaking ministries expand it is vital that we take needed breaks.

I have concluded that my opportunities for writing and speaking must never be viewed as obligations. God is not telling me that I have to wear myself out in speaking and writing or I am not fulfilling my calling.

The other thought that came into focus was that my writing and speaking should never be part of my weekly routine without it coming out of my life and heart. It should be a natural expression of my spiritual growth and insights from God's Word.

Sometimes I must take a break and pull into God's rest area of green pastures and quiet waters. (Psalm 23:2-3) We must take a break to examine our hearts and lives, or maybe there are emotional and relational issues that need to be addressed. God wants us to take care of ourselves, like getting plenty of rest and minimizing stress. After all, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

So, there are rest areas along the highway of God's ministry. Pull into one as often as you need to. Then you will be refreshed to get moving again, to bring hope and healing to a lot of weary and hurting travelers.

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