We all run somewhere

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Most of my days tend to be incredibly busy.  Whether it’s getting school done, doing ministry things, or spending time with family or friends, I tend to have a packed schedule.  I would assume that all of you are in the same boat.  Life tends to be crazy busy, but what happens when the busyness stops?  Leisure!

I can get behind some good leisure time.  Many of us enjoy getting outside and enjoying the nice warm weather, while others may enjoy sitting on the porch with a new book.  Whatever the case, leisure can be a great thing to provide rest and relaxation away from the norm.

Just like anything else, leisure can consume our minds if we choose to let it.  Often times, when things aren’t going the way we planned them to in our lives, we can run to leisure activities for an “escape.”  While leisure is good in its place, it can consume our time and passions for other things that are most important in our life.  Using leisure as an escape from reality can border on idolatry if our hearts aren’t first turned to the Lord in the midst of trials.

In the midst of trials, God beckons us to Him.  Psalm 34:11 says, “Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.”  Psalm 65:2, “O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come.”  It is our responsibility to come to the Lord, to escape to Him when we have need.

This encouragement is not meant to condemn leisure, but to help encourage us to put leisure in its right place.  While we are meant to enjoy times of rest, we must recognize and remember that true rest and peace can only be found in our relationship with the Lord.  After allowing Him to meet our needs and to give us peace and assurance through prayer and through His Word, leisure can become more exciting and more fun because we are using it to enjoy creation and one another instead of trying to find peace in it.

Be encouraged today friends!  Find peace in your walk with the Lord and in your pursuit of Him in this chaotic time.

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Pastor Chris Ridler

Pastor Chris is married to his beautiful wife Becky and has a precious son named Noah. Chris received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University and is currently working on his Master’s of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary. Chris has served in full time ministry for over 13 years – as either a Youth Pastor, Worship Pastor or House Parent and is passionate about seeing people grow in their walk with Christ and disciple others for the glory of God’s kingdom.

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