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The need for rest

God worked on each day. But he did not work into the night to create the amazing earth we see. And of course he worked on six days and rested on the seventh day. From this we can see that the need for rest is built into the foundation of the earth and of life in general.

Over this last weekend, I even had to remind myself about this because I was so aware of all that needed to be done. In fact, I started to write this post at about 12:49am two days ago and realized as I was writing that the lesson was for me. So I stopped immediately.

Why is it that we believe that if we have much to do then we need to do it all, and that rest, relaxation, sleep, etc can suffer? This is not what God intended. We need adequate sleep. We need to spend time with people who are important to us and we need to relax. It is important to step away from those things we believe are so important. And to simply let our minds wander, reflect, digest the day’s events, walk in a park, visit the beach, exercise or get a massage.

Of course God did not need to do all these things. All we know is that at the end of the day he stopped working until the next day. So, we too, must know that there will be tomorrow when we will do what has to be done then. But let us take the time and plan to say “no more work” and commit to giving our physical and mental bodies the time to rejuvenate and be recharged so that we can face another day brightly.

your end-product can be an intangible benefit to others

A few days ago I was speaking to a young lady who was sharing one of her talents and skills with me as we discussed my book on Create Your Garden of Eden.

As I presented on page 28 on the book in the Preliminary Pre-Creation Assessment chapter, the end-product has to represent the unique you. Just as the Creator made Man in his image and likeness, your masterpiece has to reflect you. And as a starting point, the GOE process asks you to identify your talents and skills and recognize that there is something that only you can create in this world.

As my friend identified her talent and what she enjoyed doing, she stated that it could not be converted into anything tangible, like a piece of furniture or an item of jewelry. But I had to point out to her that her skill and talent, which had to do with helping others plan vacations, created intangible benefits, such as peace of mind, relaxation and increased sense of well-being. These intangible benefits are as valuable and needed as tangible items-like the clothing one would take on the vacation, the rental car one would use on the vacation, or the drinks or food to be consumed.

Your end purpose can generate both tangible and intangible benefits. Perhaps you are annoyed at what passes for good customer service these days and you know deep within you that you can present a better option or train others to do better. The benefits to the recipient of excellent service is an intangible sense of worth and appreciation that you can’t grasp with your hand. In fact, for many, the good customer service and help is as important as the tangible material result of a meal.

So, if perhaps you are thinking the same as my friend, dismiss the thought that you cannot create an end-purpose from your talents and skills. Just know that you were created by God, and he knew what he was doing. Before you were born, God had a plan and a purpose for you and endowed you with all necessary to accomplish this purpose. And he will not hide it from you. If you realize that you enjoy talking and motivating others, cheering friends up or being an objective ear for businesses, then don’t fight or ignore the purpose that is rising up. Rather use the GOE process to determine the vessel through which you will express this end-purpose, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you as you seek to fulfill his destiny for your life. And if you need any help or want to share a comment, please do send me an email or post a comment.

celebrating your good

One of the key teachings we learn from the Creation in the Garden of Eden is that on each day God considered his work and said it was good.

I thought about all this in the evening as I was reflecting on all that occurred during the day; the meetings, the calls, the plans, the progress on certain fronts, the sense of accomplishment, the socializing with friends. And I realized I had a productive day. I actually felt that it was a good day.

So often we can forget to actually look back on what we do or accomplish and give ourselves a pat on the back for a good job, or a good day. We can get caught up in looking forward to the next day and the things in our future and what our end-purpose is and imagine how it will all unfold, and what did not go right or what was left undone etc., that we miss the time at the end of the day to say “it was good.”

Again, as I said in the Create Your Garden of Eden book, if God took the time to evaluate and assess his day and his creative acts, so too should we.

And our evaluation criteria should be “was what I created consistent with God’s standards and his purpose for my life?” When we can say yes, then we can say we have a good day.

And everything does not have to be perfect for it to be a good day.

We should recognize the areas where improvement is needed and where we have some work to do. But don’t be too hard on yourself. Allow yourself to have a good day. Every day look for the positives, the people you interacted with, the lives you affected, the progress you made. It is a good practice to write down at the end of the day the things that made the day good; your successes and progress steps. This has been proven to uplift your mood and give you a sense of accomplishment which can only be good.

And be aware as you go through the day that you want to make it a good day. So when a situation arises, you can ask yourself whether your response is consistent with making your day a good day.

Remember every day in God’s creation was a good day. And we are made in his image and we are to pattern him. So we need to make every day in our life a good day.

take it a bit at a time

As I state on the Day Two part of the process (page 51 of the book), creating your Garden of Eden requires work. Sometimes when we start a process or decide to pursue an activity, we get so excited about the result we are looking to achieve that we forget for a minute that much work is involved.

And then when we do take the first step towards our goal and are hit with the people to call, the documents to prepare, the meetings or events to coordinate, the redrafts we must do, — perhaps requiring late nights or early mornings, we may be taken by surprise.

And so in order to not become discouraged or flustered, we have to break our tasks into manageable sizes and do a little each day. This is what we see in the original Creation; God did a bit of work each day. It is certainly possible that, as God, all things could have been created in one day or one moment or one act. But the Creation of the earth took place over a series of days.

So too, as you face your creation action, remember that there is work involved and you have to pace yourself. God did one act on the early days and then on the later days his creation activity became more complex. Let’s take this as an example. Start slowly and build your capacity or efforts over time. Do not try to take on more than you can at the start. It would be a great loss if you jump into the process and become overwhelmed and so weary that you abandon the process altogether. Take your time.

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