I tend to forget that I have this little corner of the internet to write in, dusting off the URL after a bit of a hiatus. I’ve been in such a sweet season of life of rest, preparing for camp and all the craziness that comes with the role of head cook.
I’m writing this post on the art of discipline, rest and the table that Jesus calls us to sit at, two things that are somewhat connected in this walk of life I’m in.
I am currently training for a 5k run. I started training just over a month ago, and those first couple of days were the hardest. Getting up in the morning, putting on my workout clothes and telling myself that it will get easier, but I have to stick with it. Exercise has never been something I have stuck with for long, without a goal I slowly fizzle out of the pattern of working out everyday. Since I now have a goal, to complete a 5k run, and then hopefully longer runs after I have a 5k run under my belt, I feel like I can do it.
Somedays, it’s the last thing I want to do, but I’ve kept up with it for the past month and I am already seeing results. There are a lot more areas in my life that I need more discipline, writing is one of them. I will never get good at something if I never work at it, because it takes time.
In the same breath, rest.
I can’t push the idea of rest enough, even with discipline in other areas of your life. You also need to have rest as a discipline, because without rest, you will eventually burn out. I run between 5 and 6 days a week, but have always scheduled Sunday as a full day of rest. To a certain extent, because church is busy and tiring, but I still set aside the day of Sabbath to spend time with family and friends, not worrying about trying to get a run in that day, because the Lord himself even rested on the 7th day.
On Sunday, my pastor spoke on the idea of Psalm 23, and how the Lord has prepared a table for us in front of our enemies, the idea of how he calls us to sit down and rest instead of fighting our battles, because he will fight them for us.
“He calls us to pick up a fork and drop the sword”– Mike Rutledge
The idea of how he has prepared a table with all of our favorite foods, I imagine a table full of cotton candy, BBQ chicken and green and red jelly beans, a table full of laughter and sweet conversation, a table where rest is fully present.
We need to have discipline in our walk with the Lord, with tithing and simply setting aside time to spend time in his presence, to find the rest we are craving with him. The discipline in sitting down at the table that he has prepared for us, in the presence of our enemies.
I understand why discipline is hard, I get it. I understand why people just don’t start, and I understand why people don’t stick with whatever they are doing. It takes time to build up the endurance, but with time, you will see the results.
I think it’s time to drop that sword you have been holding onto, and pick up the fork. Pull out a chair at the table you have been yearning to sit at.