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  • - Our Creator Redeemer did notintend for us to work so hard
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  • that we lose theability to rest.
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  • We were created for worship,not striving, y'all.
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  • If we follow God's lead, ourwork can be purpose driven
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  • and rest filledat the same time.
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  • Come on, we're gonnafigure this out together.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • - There's a woman inthe Bible who I think
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  • gets a little bit of a bad rap.
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  • Don't be the Martha,
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  • we should all be like Mary.
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  • Okay, well, lemme just say,
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  • I'm gonna read thatportion of scripture.
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  • Okay, I'm using my phone,Lisa has the biggest Bible.
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  • Lisa, hold your Bibleup so everybody can see
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  • what your Bible looks like.
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  • Do you have it with you?
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  • Of course you do.
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  • Okay, yeah.
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  • Look at it, it's gotall the stickies.
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  • Okay, I'm using this.
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  • Anyway, is this.
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  • Martha, this isJesus talking says,
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  • "Martha, Martha,
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  • you are anxious andtroubled about many things
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  • but one thing is necessary.
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  • Mary has chosenthe good portion,
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  • which will not betaken away from her."
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  • So this is Jesus talking after,
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  • the story begins with Marthawelcoming Jesus into her home.
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  • So this was her idea, right?
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  • That Jesus and the boyswould come into the home
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  • and so she's welcomedhim in there.
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  • It was her idea to havehim for lunch, right?
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  • That was the plan.
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  • And so she's cooking,she's organizing
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  • and then she startsto get irritated
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  • that Mary isn't helping her.
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  • That instead Mary issitting at the feet of Jesus
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  • with the boys learning
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  • and so she startsto get irritated
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  • and I just think,
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  • now we can all have adifferent perspective on this
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  • but I just thinkthat the issue wasn't
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  • that Martha was working,
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  • the issue wasn'tthat she was cooking
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  • or organizing her home.
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  • The issue is that shedidn't do it with joy,
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  • that she startedto get irritated,
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  • that there was no peace.
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  • There was no rest in that.
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  • And so I just think there'vebeen times in my house
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  • when I'm inviting people over,
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  • whether it's for a dinnerparty or even a small group
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  • or whatever
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  • and I start to get irritatedthat nobody's helping me
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  • in the kitchen.
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  • Well, it was my ideato have them over
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  • and so that's whenI become a Martha.
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  • It's not that whatI'm doing is wrong,
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  • it's that the attitude thatI'm doing it with is wrong
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  • and so I just thinkon a bigger picture,
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  • it is possible to be at workand have a great attitude.
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  • And you have rest whileyou're at your office,
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  • you have rest whileyou're teaching kids,
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  • you have rest in themiddle of whatever it is
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  • that you're doing
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  • but it is also possibleto be at that job,
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  • to be at that workand be a grump.
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  • To not have rest and it'snot about taking a nap,
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  • it's about thatpeace in your soul.
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  • So it is possible tohave purpose driven work
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  • and while you'reworking, to be at rest
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  • because Jesus saidto her at the end,
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  • he said, "Mary haschosen the good portion."
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  • And so if we think about it,
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  • in Psalm 16, basically theLord is the good portion.
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  • So what he was making thepoint is that she's chosen me
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  • and so rest isn't somethingyou do, rest is a who.
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  • Rest is Jesus and so Marthacould have chosen the same who
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  • while she was makingthose hot dogs,
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  • well probably not hot dogs
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  • but while she wasmaking the pasta,
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  • whatever she wasmaking, the falafels.
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  • She could have chosen restin the middle of that,
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  • she could have chosen Jesus.
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  • She could have been listeninginto what was being said
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  • but she didn't.
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  • Instead, she just got irritatedand I've been that girl
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  • and I don't think it's, again,
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  • I don't think it's aboutthe work because listen,
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  • nothing would get done
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  • if we didn't havethe Martha's around.
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  • There was no churchthat would function
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  • without the Martha's.
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  • We just need Marthaswith good attitudes.
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  • We just need Marthas atrest as they're working.
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  • So that's kind ofmy picture of that.
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  • So maybe that's a littlebit of a different paradigm
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  • for you but quit throwingMartha under the bus.
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  • It wasn't that shewas doing the work,
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  • it's that she had a badattitude in the middle of it.
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  • So what do you think, Karen?
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  • - I love that.
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  • I'm gonna make atee shirt that says,
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  • I am Martha, deal with it(laughs)
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  • 'cause I think I agree, Holly.
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  • I agree, I thinkshe gets a bad rap
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  • but I think the key tothat is what you said.
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  • It's having rest filled work.
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  • It's work that's still iscoming from a lifestyle of rest.
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  • I grew up in an EastIndian immigrant home
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  • and if y'all know anythingabout the Indian culture,
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  • it tends to be avery achievementoriented environment,
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  • which isn't necessarilya bad thing.
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  • It's just rest was like a badfour-letter word in my house.
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  • Unsuccessful people rested,
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  • successful people, you onlyrest when you go on vacation
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  • and that should only befor like three or four days
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  • at a time max but Ikinda carried that like,
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  • go, go, go mentalityinto my adult years
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  • and as a career woman, I justwas go, go, go at all cost
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  • and it came to adetriment to my marriage,
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  • to my health.
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  • Fast forward I became a momand then a homeschool mom
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  • and I'm like, I'm gonna bethe best homeschool mom.
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  • I'm gonna researchall their curriculums
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  • and do all the methodologies
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  • and I'm staying up tolike 2:00 or 3:00 am
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  • not getting anykinda sleep going,
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  • you know what, I'm gonnado all that I need to do.
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  • It was just a really hard season
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  • and I started realizing thatI'm striving towards something
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  • instead of resting in someone.
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  • And it's not good whenyou strive without resting
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  • in the Lord, you cannotmove forward in life.
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  • You can't have thatforward progress.
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  • You can't be successful.
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  • I can't be, until Ilearned to be okay
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  • with being still inHis presence first.
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  • And I think thatsometimes we take busyness
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  • as this badge of honor,when the Lord is like,
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  • I kind of want your worshipmore than I want your works.
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  • I want you to sit at my feet,I want you to rest in me
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  • and in that, your workwill be successful.
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  • - I love that.
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  • When you think aboutMary and Martha,
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  • you think you haveto pick one like
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  • I'm either on team Maryor I'm on team Martha
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  • or I have my default
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  • and I actually think thatthe example of both of them
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  • in that story is to showus that we're both of them.
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  • We can be Mary one day, wecould be Martha another day.
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  • We can have a season ofMary and a season of Martha
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  • and there is a goodnessin both of them.
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  • They were both friends of Jesus.
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  • They both wanted Him inthat place at that time.
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  • They wanted to learn from Him.
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  • And so the way I look at it is,
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  • there's times wherewe're called to host,
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  • there's purposefulwork that Martha had.
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  • She's like, I wanna host,
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  • I want to create a spacewhere people can come in
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  • and my role and my purposein my work in that situation
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  • is to serve, is toserve, it's to convene,
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  • it's kinda stepped back,it's to get out of the way,
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  • it's to come and ministerthrough hospitality
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  • and that's a good thing.
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  • And then you look atMary and she wanted to,
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  • she probably had toserve somewhere else,
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  • maybe the day before or herown home or had to do work.
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  • But then when Jesus was there,
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  • she had that opportunitybecause Martha actually allowed
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  • for that.
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  • Mary had the opportunityto just sit at His feet
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  • and she received inthat way, in that moment
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  • and I think about my own life.
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  • Our home tends to kindabe a hub for holidays
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  • and we love to host andI say that with love
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  • like with a caveat.
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  • At some point,somebody's gonna say,
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  • let's do a potluck
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  • and everybody comeover for Memorial day
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  • or the 4th of July or Labor Day
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  • or whatever holiday it is
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  • and our house justtends to be the place
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  • where I'm happy to go.
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  • Come one, come all,bring your stuff.
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  • I'm not a great cook
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  • but if we offer ourstuff in the same table,
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  • there will be enoughfood, Lord willing.
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  • And in that role,
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  • my purpose in hosting isjust to create a space.
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  • I might not have the mostmeaningful conversations
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  • at that party.
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  • I might just kinda be in thebackground serving drinks,
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  • refilling all the kids' plates,
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  • serving ice cream, whatever
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  • but the purpose behind thatis so that other people
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  • can kinda sit andreceive and convene
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  • and have thosemeaningful conversations.
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  • And there were years thatI started to resent that
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  • a little bit andI can understand
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  • and empathize with Martha there
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  • but then there were also yearswhere other people would host
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  • or even now I think ofall the opportunities
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  • I do get to just be present
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  • and just have oneon one conversations
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  • and make sure there's roomfor that in my life as well.
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  • And so instead of tryingto have to pick a team,
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  • just go, God, show methe purpose in my work
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  • when I'm creating space
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  • and I'm extending myselfto serve someone else
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  • and being hospitable andnot to be resentful of that,
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  • also knowing thatthere will be times
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  • where I can have thosedeep, intimate encounters,
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  • learning and then beingquiet before the Lord
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  • and all of that.
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  • And knowing that when weserve, we also receive.
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  • When we receive, we also serve
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  • and to me, that's the biggernarrative of this environment
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  • of what's happeningbetween Mary and Martha.
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  • We can listen and learnand be still as Mary
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  • and we can also host andconvene and there's purpose
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  • in both of thoseencounters with Jesus.
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  • What do you think?
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  • - I totally agree, Rebecca
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  • and Holly coming backto you saying this is a,
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  • maybe a new paradigm.
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  • I remember just havingthat epiphany of,
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  • Martha wasn't wrongin what she was doing
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  • because when Jesusgoes back to Bethany,
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  • Martha is still serving.
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  • As Chris said, Godhas wired her to go.
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  • That was Martha's personality.
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  • She was doing it witha different activity
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  • and so I think rest isso more about the posture
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  • of our heart than theactivity of our hands.
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  • I think in first world culture,
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  • we tend to be verybinary thinkers.
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  • So we think I'm either onteam Martha or team Mary,
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  • instead of recognizingactually there are times
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  • I'm gonna be busy withmy body, with my hands
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  • but there's suchquietness of my heart.
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  • It goes back to what Chrissaid at the beginning
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  • of the week.
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  • She said Sabbathis more about trust
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  • than it is about acessation of activity.
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  • God does, in scripture saythat there are seasons.
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  • He uses time and space.
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  • There are seasons,Sabbaths when we do unplug,
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  • when we literallyphysically take a break.
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  • Jesus did that when He went,
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  • Holly, you talked abouthow sometimes He went off,
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  • not just with hishomeboys, the disciples.
  • 00:11:09.825 --> 00:11:12.728
  • Sometimes he went offcompletely by himself
  • 00:11:12.728 --> 00:11:15.898
  • to be alone with Father, God
  • 00:11:15.898 --> 00:11:17.967
  • and when he did that,
  • 00:11:17.967 --> 00:11:19.769
  • there were still sick peoplethere at the sea of Galilee
  • 00:11:19.769 --> 00:11:23.038
  • but He chose timealone with his Father
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  • to be refueled before Hewent back into ministry.
  • 00:11:25.741 --> 00:11:28.544
  • And so there are timesthat we really do need
  • 00:11:28.544 --> 00:11:31.881
  • to stop what we're doingto come apart, if you will
  • 00:11:31.881 --> 00:11:35.251
  • to go be alone withGod in time and space
  • 00:11:35.251 --> 00:11:38.454
  • before we comeapart, emotionally,physically, spiritually,
  • 00:11:38.454 --> 00:11:41.290
  • sometimes all three.
  • 00:11:41.290 --> 00:11:42.792
  • But I don't think we needto always think of this
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  • as an either or.
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  • There are times that I canbe having a Sabbath rest
  • 00:11:46.729 --> 00:11:50.933
  • in my spirit,
  • 00:11:50.933 --> 00:11:52.401
  • leaning really into the embraceof God in my heart and mind
  • 00:11:52.401 --> 00:11:56.305
  • but I'm stillfixing Missy's lunch
  • 00:11:56.305 --> 00:11:58.240
  • and getting her readyto go to school.
  • 00:11:58.240 --> 00:12:00.042
  • And so, there is a continuum.
  • 00:12:00.042 --> 00:12:03.412
  • I think we're ina healthy place.
  • 00:12:03.412 --> 00:12:04.914
  • We do kinda go back andforth almost between a Mary
  • 00:12:04.914 --> 00:12:07.383
  • and Martha and some ofus are wired more to go
  • 00:12:07.383 --> 00:12:09.985
  • and some of us are wiredmore to actually be quieter.
  • 00:12:09.985 --> 00:12:14.123
  • The key is,
  • 00:12:14.123 --> 00:12:15.658
  • is your heart quiet enoughto hear the voice of God?
  • 00:12:15.658 --> 00:12:20.262
  • - And I think that's whatit keeps coming down to,
  • 00:12:20.262 --> 00:12:22.331
  • to hear the voice of Godand the direction of God
  • 00:12:22.331 --> 00:12:25.534
  • because again, and I mean,
  • 00:12:25.534 --> 00:12:28.404
  • Rebecca said it, we'vebeen saying it all the way
  • 00:12:28.404 --> 00:12:30.806
  • through the show.
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  • Is it Mary, is it Martha?
  • 00:12:31.740 --> 00:12:34.109
  • You know when Jesus,we were talking,
  • 00:12:34.109 --> 00:12:36.745
  • Elisa, you just saidand Holly about Jesus
  • 00:12:36.745 --> 00:12:39.348
  • when He went with thedisciples on the other side,
  • 00:12:39.348 --> 00:12:41.483
  • had a rest but the truth is,
  • 00:12:41.483 --> 00:12:44.453
  • if we read all of thatMark chapter six text,
  • 00:12:44.453 --> 00:12:47.256
  • He went to have a restbecause they hadn't eaten
  • 00:12:47.256 --> 00:12:50.793
  • but when he got there,
  • 00:12:50.793 --> 00:12:51.994
  • the Bible says Hesaw a crowd of people
  • 00:12:51.994 --> 00:12:53.829
  • and He began to minister them.
  • 00:12:53.829 --> 00:12:55.264
  • This is why sometimes I laughbecause there is always,
  • 00:12:55.264 --> 00:12:58.067
  • we love to look for thepolarization in everything
  • 00:12:58.067 --> 00:13:02.137
  • as opposed to thetension or the nuance
  • 00:13:02.137 --> 00:13:04.607
  • that says in every minute ofevery day in our heart posture,
  • 00:13:04.607 --> 00:13:08.777
  • we must be about theFather's business
  • 00:13:08.777 --> 00:13:10.446
  • and I think sometimeswe clutter our lives
  • 00:13:10.446 --> 00:13:14.316
  • with a lot of things that arenot the Father's business.
  • 00:13:14.316 --> 00:13:16.485
  • So we end up exhaustedand we ended up going,
  • 00:13:16.485 --> 00:13:18.554
  • I need a break and atthe end of our life,
  • 00:13:18.554 --> 00:13:21.056
  • we've had a break butwe haven't really done
  • 00:13:21.056 --> 00:13:23.325
  • what the Lord put uson the earth to do.
  • 00:13:23.325 --> 00:13:24.994
  • We haven't been aboutthe Father's business
  • 00:13:24.994 --> 00:13:26.662
  • and I think part of Sabbathis being able to go,
  • 00:13:26.662 --> 00:13:30.466
  • okay, I am going totake out of my life
  • 00:13:30.466 --> 00:13:33.202
  • the things that are not further,
  • 00:13:33.202 --> 00:13:35.170
  • I'm not just sayingthings that replenish you
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  • or restore you
  • 00:13:36.739 --> 00:13:38.140
  • but things that absolutelyeat into your life
  • 00:13:38.140 --> 00:13:40.209
  • and stop you from beingabout the Father's business
  • 00:13:40.209 --> 00:13:42.912
  • and very often they canbe really good things.
  • 00:13:42.912 --> 00:13:44.713
  • They're not immoral thingsor unethical things.
  • 00:13:44.713 --> 00:13:47.149
  • They could be really good things
  • 00:13:47.149 --> 00:13:48.884
  • but just a distractionfrom the Father's business.
  • 00:13:48.884 --> 00:13:51.153
  • So I think then when you'reabout the Father's business,
  • 00:13:51.153 --> 00:13:53.856
  • just like Mary and Martha,we have those seasons.
  • 00:13:53.856 --> 00:13:56.058
  • Sometimes you're in the kitchen,
  • 00:13:56.058 --> 00:13:57.293
  • sometimes you're at Hisfeet and it flips over
  • 00:13:57.293 --> 00:13:59.762
  • or just like Jesusand the disciples.
  • 00:13:59.762 --> 00:14:01.363
  • You work all day,you haven't eaten.
  • 00:14:01.363 --> 00:14:03.332
  • You're going to theother side to rest.
  • 00:14:03.332 --> 00:14:05.200
  • I'm on my way to Sabbath,
  • 00:14:05.200 --> 00:14:06.835
  • oh, but there's a whole groupof people and the Bible says,
  • 00:14:06.835 --> 00:14:10.105
  • Jesus had compassion on themso He began to teach them.
  • 00:14:10.105 --> 00:14:13.876
  • And sometimes I seepeople that perhaps
  • 00:14:13.876 --> 00:14:16.378
  • are getting legalisticabout the Sabbath,
  • 00:14:16.378 --> 00:14:17.947
  • that no, I cannotminister to you today
  • 00:14:17.947 --> 00:14:20.783
  • because it is my Sabbath.
  • 00:14:20.783 --> 00:14:22.084
  • I am not gonna talk tothe person at the store.
  • 00:14:22.084 --> 00:14:23.986
  • I'm not taking one second longerto minister to that person.
  • 00:14:23.986 --> 00:14:26.822
  • I'm gonna be shortwith my child.
  • 00:14:26.822 --> 00:14:28.257
  • I mean, we can get so legalisticabout the physical quality
  • 00:14:28.257 --> 00:14:33.062
  • of our Sabbath that weactually lose the spirit
  • 00:14:34.229 --> 00:14:36.165
  • of what the wholething is about.
  • 00:14:36.165 --> 00:14:37.333
  • I mean, again, yes,
  • 00:14:37.333 --> 00:14:39.168
  • it's one of the 10commandments and yes,
  • 00:14:39.168 --> 00:14:41.270
  • the principal comes overinto the new covenant
  • 00:14:41.270 --> 00:14:43.372
  • but we are not under the law.
  • 00:14:43.372 --> 00:14:44.974
  • It's not like there is this,
  • 00:14:44.974 --> 00:14:46.475
  • and I think we've said thatevery day during this program,
  • 00:14:46.475 --> 00:14:49.044
  • this is not legalism,this is not law.
  • 00:14:49.044 --> 00:14:51.580
  • We're under a new covenant,we're under a grace covenant.
  • 00:14:51.580 --> 00:14:55.417
  • So we're trying to talkabout the spirit of the law
  • 00:14:55.417 --> 00:14:58.153
  • as opposed to theletter of the law
  • 00:14:58.153 --> 00:14:59.888
  • and how beneficial this can be
  • 00:14:59.888 --> 00:15:01.390
  • because oftentimes when I hearstrong religious proponents
  • 00:15:01.390 --> 00:15:06.161
  • of the Sabbath, they'lloften use this scripture,
  • 00:15:06.161 --> 00:15:09.131
  • Mary and Martha or Jesus andthe disciples and I'm like,
  • 00:15:09.131 --> 00:15:11.867
  • could you justread the next verse
  • 00:15:11.867 --> 00:15:13.469
  • because the next verse is,
  • 00:15:13.469 --> 00:15:14.970
  • He actually did not have therest he was going to have.
  • 00:15:14.970 --> 00:15:17.506
  • He actually began toteach them many things
  • 00:15:17.506 --> 00:15:20.743
  • and then they went into a stormso the rest didn't come for,
  • 00:15:20.743 --> 00:15:24.113
  • go a couple of chapters on,that's where the risks came.
  • 00:15:24.113 --> 00:15:26.849
  • And sometimes I wannajust take guilt shame
  • 00:15:26.849 --> 00:15:29.218
  • and condemnation off people
  • 00:15:29.218 --> 00:15:30.652
  • because sometimes justwhen you're about to do it,
  • 00:15:30.652 --> 00:15:32.921
  • your kid is gonna comein and have a tantrum.
  • 00:15:32.921 --> 00:15:35.024
  • The school is gonnagive you a call and say,
  • 00:15:35.024 --> 00:15:37.126
  • "This has happened."
  • 00:15:37.126 --> 00:15:38.394
  • Something is going to break.
  • 00:15:38.394 --> 00:15:41.563
  • Lisa, I'm laughingbecause during COVID,
  • 00:15:41.563 --> 00:15:44.566
  • every time you thinkyou're gonna breathe,
  • 00:15:44.566 --> 00:15:46.635
  • your air conditioning goes,
  • 00:15:46.635 --> 00:15:48.670
  • the roof goes.
  • 00:15:48.670 --> 00:15:49.838
  • Just when youthink you and Missy
  • 00:15:49.838 --> 00:15:51.707
  • are about to have a coupleof days, it's like bang
  • 00:15:51.707 --> 00:15:54.643
  • and the one thingabout it together is,
  • 00:15:54.643 --> 00:15:58.547
  • as you can tell,we're being very true.
  • 00:15:58.547 --> 00:16:00.849
  • I could give youa 10-point sermon
  • 00:16:00.849 --> 00:16:03.519
  • on the theology of Sabbath
  • 00:16:03.519 --> 00:16:05.554
  • and you would all feelworse about yourself
  • 00:16:05.554 --> 00:16:08.090
  • in the midst of all of this.
  • 00:16:08.090 --> 00:16:09.458
  • I wanna say thatin the midst of it,
  • 00:16:09.458 --> 00:16:12.227
  • air conditioners breakdown,kids have breakdowns,
  • 00:16:12.227 --> 00:16:15.164
  • your own emotionshave a breakdown.
  • 00:16:15.164 --> 00:16:18.133
  • People will make a demand on you
  • 00:16:18.133 --> 00:16:20.436
  • that you can't alwaysjust flick aside
  • 00:16:20.436 --> 00:16:22.538
  • which is obviouslywhat, there are times
  • 00:16:23.672 --> 00:16:24.907
  • Jesus absolutely justwent and stayed away
  • 00:16:24.907 --> 00:16:28.811
  • but you've got to knowthere are other times
  • 00:16:28.811 --> 00:16:30.345
  • that Jesus went away to restbut His rest was interrupted
  • 00:16:30.345 --> 00:16:34.016
  • by other people.
  • 00:16:34.016 --> 00:16:35.250
  • That's what we'retrynna say here
  • 00:16:35.250 --> 00:16:36.785
  • and so you've gotta do thedance of the Mary, Martha,
  • 00:16:36.785 --> 00:16:40.389
  • not the polarization ofthis camp or that camp.
  • 00:16:40.389 --> 00:16:42.825
  • We just love that so much
  • 00:16:42.825 --> 00:16:44.293
  • and we just like to takethe nuance out of everything
  • 00:16:44.293 --> 00:16:46.295
  • and you'll find that nothingis actually that clean
  • 00:16:46.295 --> 00:16:50.299
  • in scripture, thatcleanly divided.
  • 00:16:50.299 --> 00:16:53.035
  • And there are times thatin the midst of chaos,
  • 00:16:53.035 --> 00:16:57.506
  • I've gotta pull myselfapart and just be with Jesus
  • 00:16:58.874 --> 00:17:02.344
  • in the midst of,
  • 00:17:02.344 --> 00:17:03.846
  • and I have to discern by thepower of the Holy spirit.
  • 00:17:03.846 --> 00:17:06.415
  • When am I kids justhaving a flesh meltdown
  • 00:17:06.415 --> 00:17:09.384
  • and when do I really need?
  • 00:17:09.384 --> 00:17:10.986
  • And here's a great example.
  • 00:17:10.986 --> 00:17:13.055
  • In order for me to be ableto do this program today,
  • 00:17:13.055 --> 00:17:15.958
  • I've had a very big weekand so I'm in grad school.
  • 00:17:15.958 --> 00:17:18.360
  • So I had an assignmentthat was due
  • 00:17:18.360 --> 00:17:20.562
  • and my daughtercame in yesterday.
  • 00:17:20.562 --> 00:17:22.998
  • I'm in the middleof an assignment.
  • 00:17:22.998 --> 00:17:24.299
  • It's all workedout and I thought,
  • 00:17:24.299 --> 00:17:25.701
  • I'm gonna get thisdone perfectly
  • 00:17:25.701 --> 00:17:27.102
  • because then Nick and Ifinally are gonna have
  • 00:17:27.102 --> 00:17:30.205
  • a couple of hoursbecause during COVID,
  • 00:17:30.205 --> 00:17:32.374
  • when your kids aredoing homeschooling
  • 00:17:32.374 --> 00:17:33.909
  • like everybody else and yourbedroom becomes your office,
  • 00:17:33.909 --> 00:17:38.080
  • their bedroomsbecome their school.
  • 00:17:38.080 --> 00:17:39.815
  • The garage becomesyour husband's office.
  • 00:17:39.815 --> 00:17:42.718
  • Having time alone,
  • 00:17:42.718 --> 00:17:44.286
  • you're in the same house all day
  • 00:17:44.286 --> 00:17:45.621
  • but having any form ofconnection, intimacy,
  • 00:17:45.621 --> 00:17:48.423
  • just being like by yourself
  • 00:17:48.423 --> 00:17:50.993
  • without teenagers kind ofaround you doesn't exist.
  • 00:17:50.993 --> 00:17:53.929
  • We were so pumped, wehad all of this planned.
  • 00:17:53.929 --> 00:17:56.165
  • It was gonna be a great relaxing
  • 00:17:56.165 --> 00:17:58.000
  • and then my eldest,
  • 00:17:58.000 --> 00:17:59.468
  • my 18 year old comesin with her boyfriend
  • 00:17:59.468 --> 00:18:03.839
  • and she's like,
  • 00:18:03.839 --> 00:18:05.107
  • "Mommy, we'd love you tocome with us to lunch."
  • 00:18:05.107 --> 00:18:07.342
  • Now I'm not joking.
  • 00:18:07.342 --> 00:18:08.710
  • In that moment,everything in me is like,
  • 00:18:08.710 --> 00:18:10.345
  • you gotta be kidding me.
  • 00:18:10.345 --> 00:18:11.413
  • I've got this assignment due.
  • 00:18:11.413 --> 00:18:12.648
  • I've got everythingworked out, everything
  • 00:18:12.648 --> 00:18:14.550
  • and in that moment, I thought,
  • 00:18:14.550 --> 00:18:16.919
  • I just felt this promptingof the Holy spirit to go,
  • 00:18:16.919 --> 00:18:19.388
  • you know what,
  • 00:18:19.388 --> 00:18:20.222
  • there'll be a daythat you had wished
  • 00:18:21.390 --> 00:18:22.991
  • that you would have droppedeverything in this craziness
  • 00:18:22.991 --> 00:18:26.328
  • of what you've got, thedeadlines and what's going on
  • 00:18:26.328 --> 00:18:28.997
  • because your 18 year olddaughter actually wants you
  • 00:18:28.997 --> 00:18:31.400
  • to go with her and herboyfriend to go and have lunch
  • 00:18:31.400 --> 00:18:34.970
  • and they want youto be part of that.
  • 00:18:34.970 --> 00:18:37.072
  • And not only that,my own prompting fromthe Holy spirit was
  • 00:18:37.072 --> 00:18:41.176
  • they wanna talk to you soyou need to go and do that.
  • 00:18:41.176 --> 00:18:43.812
  • So I'm trying to say thatnothing is ever that clear cut,
  • 00:18:43.812 --> 00:18:47.449
  • that this fits into this box
  • 00:18:47.449 --> 00:18:48.917
  • and this fits into this thingin the calendar and this.
  • 00:18:48.917 --> 00:18:51.220
  • There are times where Ithink Jesus to me yesterday
  • 00:18:51.220 --> 00:18:54.456
  • would have said,
  • 00:18:54.456 --> 00:18:55.390
  • "Christine chose the best thing.
  • 00:18:55.390 --> 00:18:57.226
  • Christine chose the rightthing in that moment."
  • 00:18:57.226 --> 00:19:00.362
  • And so I just wanna speak to you
  • 00:19:00.362 --> 00:19:03.265
  • on the other side of thescreen and just say to you,
  • 00:19:03.265 --> 00:19:05.667
  • look, not everyone'salways gonna understand
  • 00:19:05.667 --> 00:19:08.237
  • the choice that youmake in that moment
  • 00:19:08.237 --> 00:19:10.138
  • and there are timeswhere it's gonna be like,
  • 00:19:10.138 --> 00:19:12.841
  • all of you get out, it's just me
  • 00:19:12.841 --> 00:19:14.676
  • and there's othertimes where it's like,
  • 00:19:14.676 --> 00:19:16.311
  • wow, okay. And you know what,
  • 00:19:16.311 --> 00:19:19.648
  • don't ever underestimateGod's grace factor.
  • 00:19:19.648 --> 00:19:22.150
  • I feel more full andmore energized today.
  • 00:19:22.150 --> 00:19:25.520
  • I came back and with all my,
  • 00:19:25.520 --> 00:19:27.756
  • I was feeling alittle bit of tension
  • 00:19:27.756 --> 00:19:29.124
  • but do you know God in one hour
  • 00:19:29.124 --> 00:19:32.160
  • enabled me to do what Ihadn't been able to do
  • 00:19:32.160 --> 00:19:34.463
  • in that assignment forthree hours before that.
  • 00:19:34.463 --> 00:19:37.165
  • So I just wanna say thereis the grace of God,
  • 00:19:37.165 --> 00:19:39.167
  • there's the empowermentof the Holy spirit.
  • 00:19:39.167 --> 00:19:40.669
  • There is the strengthof God that makes up
  • 00:19:40.669 --> 00:19:43.472
  • for all of our lack inthe midst of all of this
  • 00:19:43.472 --> 00:19:45.974
  • and the thing you'llfind from all of us,
  • 00:19:45.974 --> 00:19:47.743
  • I think Holly wouldback me up on this is,
  • 00:19:47.743 --> 00:19:50.112
  • we're not trying togive you a formula.
  • 00:19:50.112 --> 00:19:51.780
  • We're trying to go,
  • 00:19:51.780 --> 00:19:53.282
  • okay, here's how it might workon a given day in our life.
  • 00:19:53.282 --> 00:19:57.185
  • Here's the principle, here'sthe spirit of the thing
  • 00:19:57.185 --> 00:19:59.855
  • and you gotta work itout in your context.
  • 00:19:59.855 --> 00:20:02.190
  • - Yeah, well that'sexactly right, Chris.
  • 00:20:02.190 --> 00:20:03.792
  • when there is no oneformula fits everybody
  • 00:20:03.792 --> 00:20:07.796
  • and it's, oh, I love thatwe've all brought up this.
  • 00:20:07.796 --> 00:20:12.100
  • We all wanna choose a camp
  • 00:20:13.735 --> 00:20:16.038
  • whether it's Mary, Martha.
  • 00:20:16.038 --> 00:20:18.140
  • Lucy, you said it.
  • 00:20:18.140 --> 00:20:19.241
  • We tend to be so binary.
  • 00:20:19.241 --> 00:20:21.243
  • It has to be one way or this way
  • 00:20:21.243 --> 00:20:22.678
  • and that can bewhether it's politics
  • 00:20:22.678 --> 00:20:25.280
  • or the Mary Martha situation.
  • 00:20:25.280 --> 00:20:27.683
  • It's just like there'sso many areas but it's,
  • 00:20:29.017 --> 00:20:31.386
  • we have to develop the maturity
  • 00:20:31.386 --> 00:20:34.156
  • to nuance the tension of both
  • 00:20:34.156 --> 00:20:38.226
  • and so it's like, youthink about Jesus.
  • 00:20:38.226 --> 00:20:41.096
  • Jesus, what you just mentioned.
  • 00:20:41.096 --> 00:20:42.964
  • He was on His way torest and got interrupted
  • 00:20:42.964 --> 00:20:45.567
  • and He worked on the Sabbath.
  • 00:20:45.567 --> 00:20:47.869
  • He worked on theSabbath, He healed people
  • 00:20:47.869 --> 00:20:51.773
  • and that irritated thePharisees to no end
  • 00:20:51.773 --> 00:20:54.943
  • because they're the ones thatwanted one way or the other
  • 00:20:54.943 --> 00:20:58.714
  • but Jesus is messing withthat law to bring us,
  • 00:20:58.714 --> 00:21:03.018
  • to you and me bring usthe spirit of the law,
  • 00:21:03.018 --> 00:21:06.188
  • which is reststarts in our heart
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  • because we understand who He is.
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  • So don't let yourselfget tricked into
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  • or deceived into this wholelegalistic concept of rest.
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  • Rest is what we've beentrying to say this whole week
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  • so far, it's a privilege
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  • and remember rest isa who, it's Jesus.
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  • It's knowing whoyou are with Him
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  • and so you don't haveto become so rigid,
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  • that won't help you.
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  • It's like that wholethought that we have about,
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  • we have to live our life like,
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  • God first, family next,church then work, whatever.
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  • Who can live theirlife that linear?
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  • It's like, what doesthat mean every day?
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  • That's ridiculous.
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  • What does it look like then
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  • to have that kindof a linear life?
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  • Nobody has that.
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  • So don't try to dothat to yourself.
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  • It's doing what Chris just said.
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  • It's having a relationshipwith the spirit of God
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  • so that you're ledto when your family,
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  • when your daughter needsyou to have lunch with her,
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  • you're going, okay,that's where I need to go.
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  • When the spiritof God is saying,
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  • no, actually you need to workon this schoolwork right now.
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  • You're doing that.
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  • So that comes froma restful place
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  • and it's not thisreligious rule following,
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  • it's knowing who He is.
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  • So that allows you tostep into the areas
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  • at the right time thatyou're supposed to step into.
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  • So don't carry the burden,
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  • just free of the burden of,
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  • just the religiousrule behind Sabbath
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  • 'cause that was not theintention of at all.
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  • Anyway, you wanna--
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  • - Oh, Holly.
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  • I'm so glad you brought upJesus healing on the Sabbath
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  • cause He did it overand over and over again
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  • and you're right.
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  • The people who were allabout black and white
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  • and legalism, they had a cult.
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  • The Pharisees, that's one ofthe things they used to say
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  • He was a heretic insteadof Christ himself
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  • was that he healedon the Sabbath
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  • but it's because He alwayselevated people over program.
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  • He was about compassion,not about calendars
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  • and so we go all the wayback to the points we made
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  • the first day ofthis week and that is
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  • rest is a divine gift
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  • and I wanna reiteratewhat Chris said.
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  • It's for our freedom thatJesus came to set us free.
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  • So we hope that forsome of you maybe ,
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  • type A's (mumbles)
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  • who think you've beendoing it completely wrong
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  • because somebody inyour small group says,
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  • well, I always have aliteral 24-hour Sabbath.
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  • Why don't you?
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  • We hope that you felt yourself,
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  • kinda your soul in yourheart exhale this week
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  • and you've realized, oh, it'snot that I'm doing it wrong.
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  • It's that God just hasme in a different season
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  • and so we really hopethat you'll find rest,
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  • not just for your bodybut for your heart,
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  • that you will be able todefine yourself like John did
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  • at the end of his gospel as,
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  • I'm the one wholeaned against Jesus.
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  • We hope you will find yourselfleaning into the arms of the
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  • God who loves you,who made rest for you.
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  • Jesus, help us all to realizethat rest is a gift from you.
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  • It doesn't come froma place of guilt
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  • and so teach us what itis to first focus on you,
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  • the author and theperfecter of our faith
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  • before we even lookat our calendars.
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  • That us being moreintentional about resting
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  • would actually come froma place of us trusting
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  • in your love for us more.
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  • Thank you Jesus for this timeyou've given us together.
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  • We sure hope that youknow, that you trust
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  • that this "Better Together"sisterhood is for you.
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  • It would really be our honorto stand with you in prayer.
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  • So please connect withus on social media.
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  • That's how we know whatwe can pray for you about.
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  • Thank you so muchfor joining us today.
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  • We've loved being with you.
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  • Now we have talkedabout rest all week long
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  • but we also wanna talk aboutfinding healing and freedom
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  • and recovery throughwhat Rebecca calls,rhythms of renewal.
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  • That's where we'regonna be going tomorrow
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  • because we are getting set freeto find rest for ourselves.
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  • We can't wait to see you then.
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  • (gentle music)
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