veneerLooking for  way to find  deeper meaning in life? Check out Veneer – Living Deeply in a Surface Society.  Authors Timothy Willard and Jason Locy suggest some important concepts about following Jesus that lead beneath the surface. Significant stuff in our day of shallow living.

Here is a tease about the book:

Our lives are full of scars, quirks and insecurities we have learned to hide in favor of a more glamorous veneer we hope the world finds more acceptable. This is the modern tragedy. We have forgotten that like the stress-lines and fractures of antique wood, these imperfections in our lives make us beautiful.

Abundant living is more than a wall-post existence. Rich relationships are more than trends, status updates and group invitations. But neither are possible until we allow ourselves to be fully known, imperfections and all. Only then will we come to experience the life we are meant to live.

As authors Tim and Jason explain, the Creator’s idea of humanity is quite different from the world’s. It is also far more rewarding. This life begins when we dare to strip away our veneers and enter a life of freedom, honesty and rare beauty.

Go here to find out more about living deeply.  Good stuff.

Sabbath Rest

Theoretically, Sabbath observance rules can work like bumpers in a bowling alley. Even if rolled with little strength or skill, your bowling ball bounces off bumpers and wobbles toward the target. Equally theoretically, remembering that “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27) can carve a weekly oasis in our 24/7 culture. ~  John Huyser-Honig

In theory Sabbath rest is a great blessing. A gift of God. In reality Sabbath rest can be elusive. Those with positive experiences of Sabbath all seem to agree – it starts with an intentional commitment to stop. Cease and desist. Until we do that Sabbath rest remains all theory and no reality.

What do you think about obedience?

In recent times obedience has become a bad word. It seems incompatible with good words like independence, individualism, and freedom. The emphasis is all on doing your own thing and doing it your own way… Many parents have given up asking their children to obey them and just hope they won’t burn the house down. In religious circles, obedience, like its partners poverty and chastity, tends to be associated largely with monasticism. If the mother superior or the abbot tells you to do something, you better do it. Otherwise you let your own conscience be your guide and take no guff from anybody. The phrase obeying your conscience is gradually being replaced by listening to your conscienceIt is generally supposed that to obey somebody is necessarily to do something for somebody else’s sake. However, when Jesus asks people to obey above everything the law of love, it is above everything for their own sakes that he is asking them to obey it. ~ Fredrick Buechner