“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”?
So goes the saying, but today there is enormous pressure to work as if nothing else mattered. And yet how many grave stones have written on them: ‘I wish I had spent more time at the office’?
Because although work is important and necessary, we were created for more than this. Indeed a Christian believes that we were created for a relationship. A relationship with God and with one another.
That is why the two greatest commandments are, said Jesus, that we are to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and love your neighbour as yourself” (Matthew 22 v.36-40).
And holidays give us a lovely opportunity to do precisely that because holidays were originally ‘holy days’. Days set apart for something different, a break from work and more importantly, an opportunity to worship God.
For after all, God knew the importance of rest (Genesis 1- 2), Jesus encouraged his followers to rest and relax (Mark 6) and St. Paul told Timothy to enjoy all that God had created (1 Timothy 4 v.1-4).
So this Summer, rather than burn out, why not chill out. Take the time to rest, relax and re-charge those batteries. We have only one life and therefore we should aim to enjoy it.
But if you are a Christian, you will also want to make time for God because there is one sobering warning in the Bible and it is in the story of the Rich Fool (Luke 12); a man who enjoyed everything there was, but who made no time to worship his Creator, and who on the Day of Judgement discovered that everything including his life would be taken away. Why? Because despite all his wealth, he was not rich towards God.
So holidays? Great. But Holy Days – even better, because we were created to “worship God and enjoy Him forever.”
And if you do want a good read this Summer, why not order a copy of “Time For Everything?” by Matt Fuller (The Good Book Company) – https://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/time-for-every-thing.
Who knows, it may enrich your holiday and even change your life!
With best wishes,
Single Earring Appeal
David Scott writes: If you live in Greatworth or Marston, with this month’s Glimpse you should receive a labelled envelope for the “Single Earring Appeal” on behalf of St Peter’s Church. Every single item is gratefully received, and the money raised will be used to maintain our treasured church.
Simply dig out any pieces of jewellery lying unloved in the drawer, such as broken chains, single earrings or any oddments that have become surplus to requirements.
Place them in the envelope and deposit it at Greatworth shop or hand it to any member of the PCC by no later than 30th September. We will provide feedback on the result later in the year.
If you live elsewhere within the benefice and would like to contribute, please hand items of jewellery to Greatworth shop or any member of Greatworth St Peter’s PCC.