Jun 16, 2022

Take a Day Off, Get Mauled By a Lion

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If it wasn’t for the overwhelming joy of welcoming my son into the world, I would definitely not have wanted to be here last week. It’s the first time I’ve had to pass up an opportunity to go to Snowbird with our students! As many of you know, it is a place of deep significance for me and one where I can always count on being just as spiritually challenged as the teenagers around me.

Though I wasn’t able to go this year, the 2022 t-shirt offered a classic call-to-arms that hit me with the left (nostalgia!), then hit me with the right (conviction!). It called me back to a timeless truth that is uncomfortably relevant to all of us: there are no days off in the Christian life.

One of the most frustrating aspects of being human is our tendency to drift. Even when we grasp a genuinely wholesome, hard-won thing, we will too often let it slip away for easier, more accessible pleasures. 

This is especially the case in times of stress, fatigue and hardship. We just want relief – a moment of peace in the chaos. The problem isn’t the desire for serenity, it’s that we look for it in the wrong places, and we give the enemy a foothold. This is no more relevant to me than right now, as I fight giving in to anxiety, bitterness and anger in such a busy and restless season. Christ is still my rest, and I am still called to gentle, patient love of my neighbor.

The saying “take a day off, get mauled by a lion,” comes from a story in 1 Kings 12 and no one tells it better (and applies it with the punch it deserves) than Brody Holloway, Snowbird’s director and pastor. 

Listening to his thoughts on spiritual drift and how to keep pushing is well worth 40 minutes of your time. But don’t listen if you plan on staying the same…

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

James 1:22