Wow, if I had to file anything under "easier said than done," this would definitely be high on the list. Our families see us in all of our humanity, at our best and our worst, at our most rested and our most exhausted—talk about pressure! When we're at work, constantly expected to perform, we tend to look to our homes as a place to escape those pressures, to "be ourselves." While there is nothing wrong with this in itself, my wife could tell you that all too often me "being myself" means being inattentive, unresponsive, and a bit of a slob. 

Obviously families operate on a great deal of grace (and thank God for that!), and the people we love tend to be willing to forgive us—but, especially for our kids, our character at home counts.

Fortunately, gracefully, we don't have to do it on our own. 

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Balance

After spending six days creating the world, God rested. Rhythms of work and rest are extremely important for human flourishing. In our consistently busy world, it's difficult, but extremely important, to learn how to rest.

It's also important to remember the importance of play. When the Ark of the Covenant was finally brought into Jerusalem, "David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment" (2 Samuel 6:14). By dancing and playing, we allow ourselves to enjoy God's many gifts and blessings, as well as the fruit of our labor.

We affirm and seek to observe the God-made rhythms that nurture a truly rich life, holding in tension our work, rest, personal relationships, and play.

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