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Friday, October 10, 2014

The Lesson Of The Hula Hoop

We have made it to the end of the week YES It's FRIDAY! I'm so thankful we have ALL made it to the end of the week let's take a moment to reflect on these words of wisdom. Let us not grow weary while doing good. —Galatians 6:9 One of my favorite childhood toys is making a comeback—the hula hoop. My friend Suzi and I spent hours on the front lawn perfecting our technique and competing to see which of us could keep a hoop circling our waist longer. This year I relived that part of my childhood. While sitting in a park, I watched as children of all ages and sizes tried their hardest to keep hula hoops from falling to the ground. They twisted and turned with all their strength, but despite their exertion the hoops landed on the ground. Then a young woman picked up a hoop. With hardly any motion, she moved it smoothly and rhythmically up and down from her waist to her shoulders and back to her waist. Her success depended on strategic movement, not vigorous motion. In our spiritual lives, we can expend all kinds of energy trying to keep up with others in service to God. But working to exhaustion is not a virtue (Gal. 6:9). Before feeding thousands of people with only five loaves and two fish (Mark 6:38-44), Jesus called His disciples away to rest, proving that He doesn’t need our frantic exertion to accomplish His work. The truth Jesus taught His disciples, He wants to teach us: Quiet obedience accomplishes more than wild activity. —Julie Ackerman Link Help me, Lord, not to compare myself and what I do with others. May I serve where You want me to serve and do it in Your strength. I love You and give myself to You. Jesus wants willingness, not weariness. Bible in a year: Isaiah 34-36; Colossians 2 Insight It is believed by scholars that each of the four gospel narratives was written to a specific audience. In that context, Mark’s gospel is said to have targeted a Roman audience—with a strong emphasis on action, movement, and the works of Jesus, including the miraculous feeding of the 5,000 in today’s text.

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