Intro post: This month we’ll be exploring what it means to be faithful to God in our work and in our rest.
Verse: When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices. – Proverbs 11:10
Graphic: “Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.” – Exodus 34:21
Quote: God has lavished all this on us for a reason: that we would use it for the common good, not for individual gain. – Amy Sherman
Video: How to Spend a Day with the Lord
Article: Do you understand the different types of rest that your body and soul needs?
Verse: Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! – Psalm 37:7
Quote: “Aimless, unproductive Christians contradict the creative, purposeful, powerful, merciful God we love.” – John Piper
Question: What would you do if you could only do 1 thing in the next three years?
Article: Here’s how to Spend a Day with the Lord.
Verse: So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. – Genesis 2:3
Quote: God is more interested in changing your thinking than in changing your circumstances. – Mark Buchanan
How would you define “unhurried” for your life? What demonstrates unhurried living in your life? #UnhurriedLiving
Article: Do you struggle with the idol of busyness?
Verse: Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind. – Ecclesiastes 4:6
Quote: We must do a better job of inspiring our members...and equipping them to live missionally through their vocation. – Amy Sherman
Article: Can you relate to these tired missionaries?
Quote: “Two things we want so desperately, glory and relationship, can coexist only in God.” – Tim Keller
Verse: He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. – Psalm 23:2
Question: Do you know a Christian working in tech? Tell them about the chance to use their skills serving God. indigitous.org @indigitous
Article: Do you need to help someone learn how to manage their time better? Check out this discipleship tool.
Verse: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. – Philippians 4:6
Quote: “I used to want to fix people, but now I just want to be with them.” – Bob Goff
Tweet: What motivates you when you think about how to glorify God through your job?
Article: Be a leader in your workplace by first becoming a servant.
Graphic: It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. – Psalm 127:2
Quote: “Shoddy work is not just shoddy work. It's a failure of love.” – Matt Perman
Tweet: What does it mean to you to be “called?”
Scattered, frantic, boundary-less busyness comes naturally. The rhythms of work and rest require planning. #UnhurriedLiving
Article: Is your attitude towards money causing problems?
Graphic: Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. – Colossians 3:23
Quote: “Stewardship means to consciously take up our cultural power, investing it intentionally among the seemingly powerless, putting our power at their disposal to enable them to cultivate and create.” – Andy Crouch
Quote: “Nothing is so fundamental to the spiritual life as learning to give thanks.” – Gordon T. Smith
Quote: “Work is a major instrument of God’s providence; it is how he sustains the human world.” ― Tim Keller
Verse: Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. – Proverbs 16:3
Quote: “Our daily work can be a calling only if it is reconceived as God’s assignment to serve others.” – Timothy J. Keller
Tweet: What are some ways you can glorify God in your job this week?
Article: This series will help you steward your finances.
Verse: Jesus took time away to rest with God. But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray. – Luke 5:16
Tweet: Do you think there is a difference between a call to a job and the call to missions? How?
Challenge: Examine your week and honestly evaluate where you are at in obeying God’s command for you to take Sabbath rest.
Quote: "We all know we need rest from work, but we don’t realize we have to work hard just to rest." – Kevin DeYoung #UnhurriedLiving
Graphic: Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. – Matthew 11:29
Quote: “Practicing rhythms of silence and words, stillness and action, helps us learn to wait on God – which doesn't come easily for those of us accustomed to busily trying to make things happen.” ― Ruth Haley Barton
Question: What choices are you making today to avoid regrets as you look back at your life?
Article: Do you struggle with people-pleasing?
Resource: A toolkit for living missionally.
Graphic: "Jesus calls us to his rest, and meekness is His method. The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort." – A.W. Tozer
Verse: “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” – Psalm 46:10
Quote: “More important than efficiency is effectiveness – getting the right things done. Efficiency doesn’t matter if you are doing the wrong things in the first place.” – Matt Perman
Resource: Pass on these resources to someone considering a career in law.
Graphic: What do you miss when you speed up? What might you experience if you were to slow down?
Quote: “The gospel also gives us new power for work by supplying us with a new passion and a deeper kind of rest.” – Tim Keller
Verse: But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load. – Gal 6:4-5
Quote: “Hurry is not just a disordered schedule. Hurry is a disordered heart.” – John Ortberg #UnhurriedLiving
Resource: Pass on these resources to someone considering a career in business
Graphic: So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31
Article: Are you struggling in your busy life to pray?
Challenge: Where can you schedule some unhurried think time this week? #CruChallenge
Resource: Do you know someone who is getting ready to graduate this school year? Pass on this devotional to them.
Resource: Pass on these resources to someone considering a medical career.
Quote: “We were all meant to save many lives. God is always trying to save lives, and it seems like He usually uses the least likely people to do it.” – Bob Goff
Challenge: Think of someone who exemplifies unhurried living. Ask them how they do it. #CruChallenge
Resource: Are you struggling in your schedule to take time with the Lord? Here is a resource to refresh you.
Graphic: So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath. – Mark 2:28
Resource: Pass on these resources to someone considering a career in the arts.
Verse: Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife. – Proverbs 17:1
Challenge: How can you intentionally slow down to make the person with you feel valuable and important? #CruChallenge
Article: What if the leaders in your workplace took a cue from Christ? Pray for these concepts to be true of your leaders.
Resource: Is there someone in your life whom you can connect to Cru City?
Quote: “Am I desiring and seeking the temporal and eternal good of my neighbor with the same zeal, ingenuity and perseverance that I seek my own?” – John Piper
Graphic: The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.–Proverbs 21:5
Verse: Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. – Matthew 5:5
Quiz/Assessment: How does your personality connect you with God?
Quote: “If the work of creating consistently leaves us depressed or drained, it is likely that we have somehow missed the path.” – Andy Crouch
Rhythms of work and rest, productivity and refreshment, ebb and flow, produce the best results. #UnhurriedLiving
Resource: Do your coworkers and classmates have faith questions? Check out this app full of resources to help them overcome spiritual barriers.
Article: Here are 5 tips to make God an everyday conversation at your work.
Graphic: For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.” – Jeremiah 31:25
Verse: Let all that you do be done in love. – 1 Corinthians 16:14
The land won’t produce a harvest if it never lies fallow. #UnhurriedLiving
Article: Is Social Media Just a Waste of Time?
Article: Do you work or take class with atheists and agnostics? Here’s how to talk with them.
Quote: “I don't want to get to the end of my life and look back and realize that the best thing about me was I was organized.” – Shauna Niequist
Love is patient. Love is grace-paced. The ultimate goal of an unhurried life is love. #UnhurriedLiving
Verse: In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. – Proverbs 14:23
Article: A failure at work leads to an opportunity.
Graphic: But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. – Jeremiah 29:7
Resource: Here is a Bible study about the Holy Spirit – consider how the Holy Spirit changes how you work and rest this month.
Verse: For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. – James 2:26
Hurry glances. Love slows down to notice, care, and act. #UnhurriedLiving
Resource: Are you interested in Bible studies for your personal walk and small group?
Graphic: In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. – Psalm 4:8
Verse: Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. – Colossians 4:5
Quote: “Be very careful that you are not giving yourself to a pale imitation of life with Christ – life about Christ, or life generally near to Christ.” – Shauna Niequist
Quote: "As much as we complain about it, though, there's part of us that is drawn to a hurried life ... It means I don't have to look too closely at my heart or life." – John Ortberg
Article: Stewarding Privilege Like Jesus.
Graphic: Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands! – Psalm 90:17
Challenge: Create a special place in your home where you can pray and reflect. #CruChallenge
Article: Is parenting your job and ministry? This one’s for you.
Do you struggle with hearing God amidst all the noise of life?
Verse: For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? – Luke 14:28
Challenge: Take time to express gratitude to God for your meal before eating. #CruChallenge
Article: Here are some helpful tips for a stressed, hurried family.
Article: Are you annoyed by someone at work? “Jerks need Jesus too.”
Quote: For a lack of attention a thousand forms of loveliness elude us everyday” – Evelyn Underhill
The unhurried friend focuses on you without phone, email or text distractions. #unhurriedliving
Article: Are you leaving a lasting impact at your workplace?
Verse: Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense. – Proverbs 12:11
Graphic: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. – Psalm 91:1
Quote: “The secret of effectiveness is to know what really counts, then do what really counts, and not worry about the rest.” – Rick Warren
Unhurried relationships value connection over accomplishment. #UnhurriedLiving
Article: Help for families to survive busyness.
Article: How to save your marriage from your job.
Quote: “We are starved for quiet, to hear the sound of sheer silence that is the presence of God himself.” – Ruth Haley Barton
Verse: And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Colossians 3:17
Some say that when we live a life of hurry, we are avoiding looking too closely at our deeper feelings, our loneliness, our disappointments, our “stuff”.
Challenge: Write down 10 things you are thankful for today. Then write down 10 more.
Article: If you have a problem with grumbling, then you're not alone.
Graphic: Also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil – this is God's gift to man. – Ecclesiastes 3:13
Article: Do you struggle with jealousy about others’ social media posts? “When Instagram makes you Instasad.”
Article: Signs you might be headed to a Quarter-life Crisis.
Is a song better if you skim through it, or if you take the time to really listen? #UnhurriedLiving
Article: A Workaholic Learns from his Mistakes.
Graphic: “..Proper stewarding of vocational power – of any kind of power – is always coupled with profound humility.” – Amy Sherman
Verse: Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work… – Titus 3:1
Challenge: Try one of these activities you may find restful: Go on a walk, Work in a garden, Write a card or letter by hand or journal #CruChallenge
Article: Is there gossip in your workplace?
Article: Has someone ever taken credit for your idea? About giving credit where credit is due.
Graphic: Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. – 1 Cor 15:58
Quote: “Productivity comes from engagement, not control and mere compliance.” – Matt Perman
Challenge: List three things that give your work purpose. Ask yourself if they are sufficient to generate satisfaction and rest.
Challenge: Write out your favorite Bible verse(s) on rest and place it where it will remind you to unhurry your heart #CruChallenge
Quote: We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. – Nelson Mandela
Verse: And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. – 1 Thess. 5:14
Quote: Too enter our Sabbath rest, we must put an end to self-reliance – trusting in our own abilities to overcome difficulties, rise above challenges, escape tragedies, or achieve personal greatness.” – Charles Swindoll
Quote: Avoiding overwork requires deep rest in Christ’s finished work for your salvation (Hebrews 4:1–10). Only then will you be able to ‘walk away’ regularly from your vocational work and rest. – Tim Keller
Challenge: Read Psalm 51. What truths about God do you see?
Graphic: “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” – Psalm 46:10
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