There is a tendency now to slack off a bit.
The Christmas season has ended. The year is almost over. Nothing really crazy happens because we only have a couple days of work left before we get another day or two off. We’re going to start getting serious about a lot of things in a few days.
And besides, we loved a lot of people during the Christmas season. We’re ready to take a break, right?
Well, yeah. That’s all fine, and it’s true, more or less. And it’s very good to take a break. But, we must not confuse a “break” with a choice to disregard loving.
We should definitely give ourselves some rest. For most of us it is much needed. I’ve needed it badly over the past few months, and still do need some kind of extended rest, where I really shut things down and reevaluate where my time and energy goes.
But, with all of that, we can’t avoid opportunities to love God and love people. If we choose to disregard loving God and/or loving people, our rest has been in vain.
I’m not saying that when we rest we have to go sing worship all day long or serve at a homeless shelter every day. What I am saying is that we cannot forsake giving our hearts to God or our kindness to people simply because we are “resting.”
I hope to get better at loving God and loving people throughout this next year. All of my goals for 2013 revolve around that.
It starts with being with God, and with people, not just doing things for God, or for people.