Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Thomas Merton:
"There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence . . . [and that is] activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence."

I am learning the importance of saying no to good things. I am learning how to schedule in life-giving activities. The Sabbath has become the most important part of my week (by the way, I love that God even requires animals and land to have Sabbath's of sorts in the Hebrew Bible...nothing was created to go nonstop). I pray that I can model a balanced life for my son. I pray that I can help the students in my ministry learn that there is more to life than getting into a good school so they can make a lot of money. I hope that I can sit still long enough to feel the breeze, to breathe deeply, to laugh and cry with my loved ones, and to hear the voice of God.


Tammie said...

good word...good word.

mandi said...


johannapule said...

That was beautiful and really what I needed to read this morning.