Men’s Corner: “Wise Words”
by Ryan Lentz
I am currently in a very busy season of my life. My wife and I both are seriously slammed busy. Sometimes I wake up and it instantly feels like my day (and week) are stuck in fifth gear, between work, school, trying to cook some semblance of dinner, to doing laundry. I know you know what I mean. If you’re not there right now, then you just crossed the finish line of your busy season, or you’re about to walk into one. It’s inevitable, and its OK. It’s in these seasons I begin to reminisce about my grandmother.
Verna Lee Lentz was a wise woman. She lived to 98. She simply passed because of age. Now that’s graceful, isn’t it? She was a simple woman – hard-working and diligent. She had a grit to her I haven’t seen in very many men. But she also had peace, a calmness about her. She didn’t talk much; she didn’t need to. Everything she did and how she did it spoke for her.
I guess it’s perhaps the season I find myself in right now that draws me back to my grandmother and her words: “Ryan, don’t forget to rest.” She would tell me often. “Understand the difference between work, play, and rest. Work is not play, rest is not work, and play is not rest.”
Wise words. Ones to live by. Our Lord invites us to rest, but to a depth of rest that no one else can offer—a rest of soul. “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.” (Matt.11:28-30)
Just like any other kind of invitation from the Lord, I need to respond.
Lord, help us respond.
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