One man challenged another to an all-day wood chopping contest. The challenger worked very hard, stopping only for a brief lunch break. The other man had a leisurely lunch and took several breaks during the day. At the end of the day, the challenger was surprised and annoyed to find that the other fellow had chopped substantially more wood than he had. 

"I don't get it," he said. "Every time I checked, you were taking a rest, yet you chopped more wood than I did."

"But you didn't notice," said the winning woodsman, "that I was sharpening my ax when I sat down to rest. 

God made us to work. But God also knew we needed to rest. Don't under value rest. 

Sometimes, you may get discouraged because you're going too hard, too fast and too busy. But God intends for us to take time to reflect and think on Him.

Even Luther, the great reformer, was known to spend at least three hours in prayer before beginning to do any work at all. Take time to rest, think, reflect, pray, and enjoy the Lord.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!

Suggested Bible Reading

Psalm 9 

Prayer Guide

Today as you pray … 

Reflect on the goodness of God. Recall the things you can remember Him doing in your life.

Write down as many as five different attributes of God and reflect on them. 

Ask for God to reveal how you can grow in His communicable attributes (love, mercy, grace, peace, kindness, etc.). 

Ask God to reveal areas in your life where you are working too hard. Ask Him to show you which areas of your life you are not putting forth enough effort (such as family time, church fellowship, work relationships, etc.).