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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Break (02/06/06)

TITLE: Take a Break
By clifford koehne


Do you ever remember the days when things were a little calmer, quieter? When I was growing up businesses used to be closed on Sundays just to give everyone a break. Today, with the exception of maybe a few stores, life moves on at a record breaking pace. It seems like just yesterday that it was Christmas and now itís the middle of February. How did this life get so complex that we have to go 100 miles per hour just to get things done?
Exodus 20:8-11 tells us to remember the Sabbath, keep it holy. Donít do any work, donít do anything. Take a break from your hard labor. If you got things to do, do them the day before but on the Sabbath, just rest.
Somewhere along the way, we decided that we could get more done by working on Sundayís and in the evenings. In the name of corporate greed; family time has been axed for the almighty dollar. Everyday, families are sacrificed for a quarter so someone else will make a dollar. Our Christian principles are compromised every time we go against what the Bible says to do.
Because we are always on the go, we miss the things that God would have for us. When can you honestly say you have spent more than a 30 second prayer with God in the last week? How about actually reading and studying the Bible? When was the last time you actually heard from God?
If you are like me, always on the go, you are always asking God to speak to you or to make himself known to you. Iím sure that he speaks to me a lot but in my hustle and bustle, I miss Him.
Think about that. The God of the Universe, the very One who created you, the One who spoke the worlds into existence, wants to spend time with you. He longs for your attention. Itís his desire to help you and give you the joy and peace that you long to have.
Jesus told us in Revelation 3 that He stands at the door and knocks, waiting on the outside for us to open up.
What is our normal response? Let me give you a picture of my life. Iím up at 4:30 in the morning. Jesus is knocking. I take a quick shower, dress, grab a drink and out the door by 5. Jesus is still knocking. I open the door long enough to say, ďMorning.Ē I zip pass him and with a wave of the hand, I promise ďIíll see you when I get home.Ē
10 to 14 hours later, I drag myself into the house. ďIím too tired for you, Jesus. Iíll catch you in the morning.Ē The next day the cycle repeats itself.
Some of you reading this know exactly what I am saying. My question is this. Are we, myself included, committing idolatry? Have we put the things of this world in front of our creator, our Savior? Jesus told us in Matthew 6:33 to seek first the kingdom of God and everything else will be added unto you.
The great commission tells us to go and make disciples of all men. That is not something we can do on our own. We can take them religion but the gift of salvationÖ Who has the time?
Truth be told, we are running out of time. Everyday, we are getting closer to the end of age. The events foretold by the prophets long ago are literally being fulfilled before our very eyes. The clock is winding down to the last seconds.
My fear is this. If we continue to blow off Jesus every day in place of our busy lifestyle will we miss him when he comes back for us? Itís one thing to be able to produce religion and know the church lingo, itís quite another to actually have a relationship with the Son of God.
Letís slow down in our fast paced life. Even when we drive we have to stop at stop lights once in a while. If we donít stop and take a break we are going to miss the things that are really important to us like family, friends and possibly even Jesus.
To quote Mark Shultz, ďWhat will you do with the time thatís left?Ē

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Marilyn Schnepp 02/13/06
Speaking of breaks - your piece would be much more "reader friendly" with breaks between paragraphing; but you make a point...Take a Break...but keep on writing.
Jan Ackerson 02/15/06
Consider an edit that eliminates or re-phrases some of the questions for the reader. As great sentence: Because we are always on the go, we miss the things that God would have for us. So true!