26 August 2005

Yoking myself

Man, have I been busy. Reading intensive classes, ministry team, student chaplain stuff, planning chapels, playing with different worship bands everyday. Now I'm also the secretary of the Spiritual Life Council at SWU and helping in the planning of the religion division retreat. Any chance of slowing down?...Not by a long shot.

I was in a Student Chaplain meeting with Ken Dill on Wednesday this week, and at the end, he gave us a mini-devotional on Matthew 11:28-29. In the text, Jesus says:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Ken brought up the point that Jesus says he will give us rest. How? Does He command us to take a vacation to get away from our responsibilities? Does He say to not serve Him so much? Does He ask us to stop what we are doing and relax? If we were God, I would assume the best way to find rest is to relax, away from our responsibilities, right? That's the logical answer... Not by a long shot. Jesus doesn't call us to leave our burdens, responsibilities and facets of service for Him. Instead, and quite oddly, He asks us to add more to ourselves than we already take upon ourselves. He says, "You should be burdened by not only all that you have right now, but even more: take Me upon yourself." He calls us to yoke ourselves with Him and He, being the strongest, will help us carry our loads. He says, "Don't leave your responsibilities and your overload of service for Me; instead, I will go with You and take You through them as You serve Me." Searching for rest for awhile recently, I've found I could never find it. I seemed to be more stressed many times after spending mass amounts of time in relaxation; so the "rest" I had actually made me more weary. But, as I find myself binding myself to Christ for strength, while continually in His service, my greatest rest, peace and joy floods my soul like nothing else has ever done. The greatest, most joyous and peaceful times I've ever had in life were during times of serving God. I found myself yesterday in complete joy overload as I finished my day of leading in chapel and the Prayer Walk. Everything didn't go exactly as planned in every single area, but I remember being at such peace within all the stress of the preparation.
May I always bind myself to Christ, the only source of peace and rest in the middle of chaos, stress, overload of activities, and feelings of being inundated.

14 August 2005

Back to the daily grind

Back at SWU. What a summer! It was so amazing. I traveled to all kinds of places, got to meet all kinds of people, play music all summer, and minister to tons of kids and teens. What an opportunity! God has shown me so much about myself and convicted my heart on so many areas through this summer's experiences. It's bittersweet to be back at SWU. I loved traveling and playing music, but I was exhausted as well, ready for a normal routine of life and ready to see people whom I haven't seen in a long time. I have so much to take with me from this summer. So many experiences and friendships. I wish I had the time to go through my whole summer detail by detail on here, but that would require me to drop some of my credit hours this semester just to get that done.

I'm excited about this coming semester. I have good hopes, good goals, stretching responsibilities, and I still get to travel a little bit to play music. I'll be the male assistant student chaplain at SWU this year. I'm really excited about that. I can't wait to get involved and running with that. I really want to make an extra effort to get to know as many people on campus as possible, hopefully more than just their name. We'll see how well that goes. Well I'm out.