Totidem Verbis – In These Words, Thankful!

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How wonderful and how timely in the busyness of our lives that we have set aside a time for thanksgiving. Close to the top of my list of those for whom I am thankful are you, our adjunct faculty.

Thank you for your investment in the lives of our students.

Thank you for your commitment to excellence in the classroom.

Thank you for your passion for your content and your desire to share it.

Thank you for your desire to impact lives.

Let me share a timely devotional with you this month. Consider the following two Scripture verses: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10, NIV) and “Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest” (Hebrews 4:11, NIV).

Be still and make every effort – what a paradox! Are we to be still? Or are we to make every effort? We are, yes!

Be still literally means “to slacken … cease … faint … forsake, idle … (be) slack” (Meyers, 2014). Make every effort is just that, to “do diligence, be diligent … labor” (Meyers, 2014). The admonition is to put every effort into finding a way to let go to experience God’s rest.

This is such a timely word for us. Responsibilities demand time and energy. We work hard to keep up with many involvements and interests – our careers, our families, our friends, our pastimes, our faith. However, we cannot give what we do not have. Let’s take time to see and hear God, to continue to learn from Him, to renew our minds to be transformed. A renewed mind and a transformed life are a strong platform from which to teach.

God established a pattern of rest in the cycle of life. He rested on the seventh day; Jesus pulled away from the multitudes at times and from His disciples to meet alone with God. It is a biblical pattern, one to follow to impact the lives of others. Only through our personal transformation, we equip ourselves to teach for transformation.

Take time this season to know God and receive from Him. The following visual of Psalm 46:10 as depicted by Richard Rohr (2003, p. 82) says it for us:

“Be still and know that I am God

Be still and know that I am

Be still and know

Be still

Be.”

 

References

Meyers, R. (2014). E-Sword – the sword of the Lord with an electronic edge. 10.4.0.

Rohr, R. (2003). Everything belongs. New York, NY: Crossroads.

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