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Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 5:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -
I was created to love God and love people. There is no greater joy than having the privilege of creating a safe place where a friend feels loved and in the process God brings gentle change to their lives. This morning I spent an hour on the phone with a close friend I talk with a couple of times per month. He expressed that he was feeling overwhelmed by life, and that was the focus of our discussion. I ended the conversation by asking him to write a summary of what he heard from our time together. He chose to write his summary in story form. I share it with permission and with awe at God's ongoing intervention in his life, and the privilege of being Christ's ambassador.

Story of the ten talent idiot

There was a hyper guy who enjoyed everything and could do several things relatively well. He did more and more stuff until he got mentally fatigued, yet continued to be hyper. Everyone seemed quite impressed, including himself. Although tired, because he could, he continued. Then, God placed a man with some years and wisdom on him to help open his eyes to the idea of freedom, margin and a relationally based existence. The young man tried it and enjoyed it greatly. A regular experience of it was quite elusive, but occasional tastes of it kept the young man very interested. Then, the young man, without knowing it, reverted back and filled his schedule with all kinds of stuff, including ministry, coaching, law, kids, court, etc. He liked it and didn't really want to stop any of it, but found the tastes of freedom, love and relationship more sweet than any of the activities. Then, a phone call was had where the wiser man gracefully and bluntly advised the younger man, leaving the younger man in total agreement, but somewhat at a loss of exactly how to proceed.

Then, the younger man was tempted to quickly call everyone he could and cancel everything, but realized that steady wisdom was better than compulsive reaction. So, the young man just sat and pondered for about 150 seconds before running to his next appointment. Then, as the younger man scurried to the 4th floor to handle his tenth appointment of the day, he thought "God is good. He loves me. He is sovereign. I can trust Him to continue growing me and am thankful for His wise counsel that has been given to me through a great friend."

While I might not have called my friend an "idiot" we were able to ponder together the gift of rest that Jesus offers and how we so often miss it as we fill our schedules to overflowing. Jesus' invitation in Matthew 11:28 is a sweet one. "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest." I have not always heeded His invitation, but the more I do, the more I want to shout from the mountain tops to anyone who will listen "THERE IS A BETTER WAY TO LIVE"! I promise you that the rewards of this rest Jesus offers are worth the risk of reworking our busy lives. I encourage you to embrace this gift today.
Really good message. Loved your friend's story and how he expressed himself. Thank-you for the wise counsel on rest!
Kim Crozier @ 5:56:00 PM 4/19/2011

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