Sunday, June 21, 2009

Renovare Blogging 1

We changed hotels today so that I could attend the Renovare conference. There are general sessions, and specialized workshop sessions. My specialized sessions are with James Bryan Smith on Becoming an Apprentice to Jesus.

In this session, Smith talks of how we change-metanoia (repentance), spiritual disciplines, community, and the Holy Spirit.

One thing that he said that struck me was that Sabbath was therapy for control. It forces us to not work-and we must trust that God is at work during this time.

We must apply the disciplines at home first. Reading Bible stories with my girls is a typeof Sabbath. I must pause and take time. This is a spiritual discipline.

We must also apply these disciplines at work and in our community.

Another thing that stood out to me-it is our nature to concentrate on the negative. The antidote is counting our blessings.

What do you think of these thoughts?

-- Post From My iPhone


Professor said...

For type A personalities, taking "time out" from any "work" is difficult. When the "work" is "religious" then I would suggest it is even more difficult. But, beyond that, since God "rested" from His work and we are made in the image of God, there must be something in our makeup that demands that we "rest" and "recreat" ourselves in order to be fully functional in the way that God wishes.