|Retreat at Jekyll Island (photo courtesy of Brenda Stodghill)|
TODAY THE WORD is RETREAT. In today’s world, the word retreat can reflect two different meanings.
1 v the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)
2 n a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
Why don’t we take a look at how both meanings can play an important part in our daily lives? The first meaning can be a good move or a bad one depending on the individual situation. In a hostile environment or one which could lead to a controversy, we can choose to “retreat” and regroup or in other words choose to diffuse the situation. This can avoid arguments or the chance of offending someone. Sometimes, however, withdrawing or “retreating” can be construed as cowardly or a sign of weakness. In our present world society, I see people “retreating” and not standing up for their rights, beliefs, and faith (these are not listed in any order). There are times when it is necessary to not choose retreating unless you cannot handle the stress of a “stand in the light and stand for the right things”.
The second meaning is important to our well being too. With all of the hustle and bustle of this world, we find ourselves being surrounded by tasks, jobs, children, spouses, family and friends, housework, personal tasks, finances, etc. It can be overwhelming at the least. We have the unexpected show up at our doors and I am not talking about company (that can be overwhelming too at times) but repairs and sickness. The last few months in our family has been apple cart turnover with my health needing some attention. While I am getting used to a totally different eating program and having to take medications (oh, this is so hard for me); our air conditioning had to be repaired; my car had to have repairs and new tires; Greg’s CD player in his truck went out; etc. and etc. I am not complaining as I hear people with so many more troubles than we have had in our entire lives; I am praising it hasn’t been more! I only say this to bring it to the focal point of this message……We have to retreat to a retreat! We have to find ourselves retreating from the stresses of life and go to our “retreat” and relax. We need to recharge, regroup, rest, and refocus on what is truly important in our life. If we stay caught up in the drama of life and lose our focus on why we are really here; we have retreated in a bad way. Live life; love life; live life to the fullest and love God in the highest!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
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