National Nap Day

yawnToday is the only way a person can make some sense out of Daylight Savings Time.  You may ask: “What’s so special about today?”

Today is National Napping Day, so go ahead and enjoy a big yawn and a little shut-eye of a nap.  When I was a kid, I detested nap, but I’ve become quite an expert in this somewhat healthy habit.

The Wall Street Journal has provided and infographic that will make a daydream believer out of you.how-to-take-the-perfect-nap_52261da483ffd_w1500

Resting from the labors of life is one thing, but you also need to remember to rest in the Lord:

  • Psalm 23 reminds us that God will revitalize and restore us.
  • Matthew 11 is an invitation to come to Jesus for rest
  • Revelation 14:13 is a promise of that day when God’s children will rest from their labors.
  • Even God rested on the 7th day after He had finished His creation.

Any day can be a cupcake day; but a nap is like the frosting that tops it off.

 . . . May God Bless You With Sweet Dreams . . .

Be Still and Bear Fruit

prayerYesterday I walked by a table and, I heard part of a conversation in which one person said:  “It’s a mute point.”

Mute means silent, and I have often made a point of being silent, and I have even pointed silently. I cannot, however remain mute about a key point of that conversation.

Mute and moot cannot be used interchangeably—they are not synonyms.  Moot is used to refer to some item or point of discussion that is debatable, but of no practical value.

While moot points are often hypothetical in nature, making a point to be mute can have real value.  In Psalm 46:10, there is a clear command to be mute:  “Be still and know that I am God.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer expressed the importance of this principle in a letter to some friends:  “Daily, quiet reflection on the Word of God as it applies to me becomes for me a point of crystallization for everything that gives interior and exterior order to my life.”

The words of Bonhoeffer serve as a commentary on God’s instructions to Joshua:  “This set of instructions is not to cease being a part of your conversations. Meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to carry out everything that’s written in it, for then you’ll prosper and succeed (Joshua 1:8.”

Mother Teresa suggested that silence is an essential of practical Christianity:  “The fruit of Silence is prayer. The fruit of Prayer is faith. The fruit of Faith is love. The fruit of Love is service. The fruit of Service is peace. “

I encourage you to take time out of your schedule for a mute point, so you can “be still” and bear fruit . . .