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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Break (02/06/06)

TITLE: Come on, take a break!
By Amanda D'costa


When I think of the word ‘break’, I think of destruction, today’s live-in marriage style of make and break arrangements, hearts being broken, family ties and relationships being broken for any little reason……. and this gives me the creeps. ‘Break’ for many, can be a nightmare. Break for me can also mean my family being broken up (due to migration and marital circumstances), and spread out to four different countries, virtually four different continents. This is not a comforting thought, and believe me, this can be very stressful on one’s spirit.

There is also another meaning to the word ‘break’. It could be that one should ‘take a break’ from daily routine, or any stressful, tiring situation, or even have an interval in between schedules. Taking this into account, when I think of the life of man today, all I see is a hurried, fast-life generation with confused goals in mind. Education, advanced technology and the improvement in living conditions have played a vital role in taking man in this direction. One sad feature to be noted though, is that, in the bargain, we look all over the place for ways of refreshing ourselves, ways that would make us re-coup and revive, ways that will uplift our spirit. Alas, we look for life in all the wrong places.

Acts 2:42-47 gives us a picture of the first gathering of the early church. This gathering was unique; it was a fellowship based on a common mission, a mission that believed in life and a mission that has survived the test of time to this very moment. This first fellowship was in the breaking of bread – bread being symbolical for Jesus. Whenever anyone was in need of material or spiritual wealth, they took a break from their daily routines to fellowship in the Lord. You might wonder what this has to do with our modern world.

I would like to give you a simple example of taking a break and resting your case in Jesus. About an hour ago, my husband told our 5year old boy that he had to sleep without him, as he (his dad) was very busy at the computer. Our son sobbed and sobbed, and would not give in, till I finally went and lay down with him. I told him a little secret and he was all ears to try it out. Soon he was sitting up to follow the secret instructions I gave him. “Jesus, please bring my dada here to sleep with me. Thank you Jesus!” This was our little secret… resting our case in Jesus. And sure enough, in no time His dad and he were sleeping together. Just a little word or minute with Jesus in your life can do wonders.

Whenever I am in some sort of a crisis, and am helpless, I cover myself with the precious blood of Jesus, and tell Him, “Lord, if you want me to go through this problem, it’s fine with me. But I give it back to you, and it’s your problem now. What ever happens to me is your problem and you are wholly and entirely responsible for me. Thank you Jesus.” This is my way of taking a break and reviving my weary spirit. It will work for you; all you need to have is a willing heart.

And now for that coffee break with Jesus!

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Jan Ackerson 02/17/06
This devotional really hits its stride on the 4th and 5th paragraphs, when you relate your ideas to real-life situations. Avoid beginning such articles with "word study"--it's just not something that engages most readers. The story of your son and his daddy is charming, and really gets across your message.