Monday, February 22, 2010

Not About My Shoulders

No movie review this Monday. Not that I haven't seen a number of great films to review--An Education, A Serious Man, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, to name a few--but that I haven't had the time or energy write with any passion or coherency. Next Monday, perhaps.

Today I take a spiritual retreat day. My church allows two of these per quarter and they are a gift. It is a moment to take a Sabbath, to ignore work emails and Facebook updates and text messages and supposedly-urgent responsibilities in order to rest in the Lord. For this retreat, I've invited N.T. Wright, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the apostle Paul to refresh my heart and mind. There are a number of thoughts and situations I need to pray and journal through in order to find clarity.

Mostly, I need to remember who God is and who I am in relation to Him. It is a truth worth recalling to mind whenever I feel the weight of the world--really, my own immediate world--on my shoulders. It is not about my shoulders. It never has been, despite my efforts to place as much control and responsibility on those shoulders. It is all about Him. That is rest.

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