Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Fragmented Life



There is a political movement that seeks to foment race and class divisions, envy, and aggression intended, I believe, to destroy the unity and fabric of American society. For some time now I have been disturbed by what I perceive are efforts to splinter American society. In a country such as ours, (viz. "E Pluribis Unum"), there should be no afro-, Hispanic-, IrishAsian-Americans but just Americans.

In the absence of unity a vacuum is created in which the power of politicians and bureaucrats may be asserted. Unfortunately, this effort is no longer confined to one political party but has become a broad appeal by politicians of both conservative and liberal persuasions. As troubling as this may be, it is the same movement in our personal lives that is even more dangerous.

Never before in the history of America have the lives of her citizenry been more fragmented and hectic than they are now. We are on the run constantly and never seem to have enough time to accomplish all the tasks set before us. As we accumulate more "labor-saving" devices we are then forced to spend more and more time paying for them.

Recently a study was published that said Americans have more leisure time now than ever before in history. I am sorry to report to you that isn't true in my life! It seems the harder I try the busier I become. Maybe you have the same problem. When I think about it I remember what Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Perhaps it is time all of us re-examine the yoke we are laboring under and if it is not the yoke of Jesus, change it! It is not right for God's holy people to be under a burden they can't carry. It is a sorry testimony and a denial of the promise by Jesus to give us rest. I resolve to surrender my fragmented life to Him whose life was given for me and allow His peace to pervade my life. 

Pastor Ray


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