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    October 29, 2019


    "Pussy-cat, pussy-cat, where have you been? I've been to London to look at the queen.

    Pussy-cat, pussy-cat, what did you do there? I frightened a little mouse under the chair.”

    "Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?" is a traditional old English nursery rhyme, which is set in London and describes how a cheeky pussycat went to visit the queen, but got distracted by a little mouse under a chair! The pussycat had the chance of her lifetime to see all London. The cat was such a mouseaholic that she could not deviate from her monotonous routine even while on vacation.

    The mouseaholic has much to teach all workaholics, in addition to churchaholics and politicaholics for that matter. How many labor in an overcommitted and stressed manner, with a determined, grim, and hurried demeanor? What may be lacking in enthusiasm is exchanged for diligence. The problem is thinking that fatigue is next to godliness. We think the appearance of spirituality is based upon how exhausted we feel and look, as if God smiles with approval.

    There is a certain temptation in believing that truly committed believers are those who work relentlessly (preferably with great intensity). The result is a generation of people who worship work, work at recreation, and are frivolous at worship. The problem is that such a perspective cannot be supported from the Bible. For that matter, neither can one examine the life (and lifestyle) of Jesus Christ and find a suggestion of corroborating evidence that He embraced such a theory. Some will be surprised to learn there is not one reference in the New Testament saying (or even implying) that Jesus worked intensely and labored to the point of emotional exhaustion.

    However, there are several times when the Bible reveals that He deliberately took a break. He removed himself from the demands of the public and enjoyed periods of relaxation with his disciples. Certainly, the Lord did not meander through his ministry in an inconsequential, lackadaisical manner but neither did He come anywhere near having an ulcer. Never once was Jesus seen in frenzied behavior.

    God is the Lord who created time and who uses it for his purposes, in accordance with his sovereignty. Throughout the Bible, it is evident that God works within time, and works differently at various points in time. The repeated emphasis of Scripture is that God revealed prophecies of the future in the Old Testament, and then accomplished those actions in a latter period in time. Therefore, one manner by which we can understand time is that God created it so that everything does not occur at once, which certainly refers to his work within time to accomplish redemption for his people, yet also with regard to the ordering of the daily events of their lives (cf. Eccl 3:11).

    Ecclesiastes 3:11 – He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.

    Do not expect that you will have the time to accomplish everything that you desire to achieve. You may find that it is difficult enough to accomplish what you must do. Therefore, make it your resolve not to allow the urgent to control the important things in life, and then you can experience how it is that God “has made everything appropriate in its time.”

    Christ’s life was one of beautiful balance. He accomplished everything the Father sent Him to do. He did everything and without ignoring those essential times of leisure. If that is the way He lived, then it makes good sense for you and me also to live that way.

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