2nd of April, 2011 ‘resting for a while’

Today is regular day off of a week. We get tired mentally at most when we continue such a relief work. When we encounter the situation of the disaster area which is too terrible one after another, we sink into unusual mental condition in some sense. It is to feel as if we are committing sin in terms of our ordinary life by then. For instance, it is easy to compare ourselves with people at the disaster area and feel guilty of turning on the switch of the stove, when we remember them those who have been freezing without heating system. Such a sense of guilt is applying for almost anything, such as TV, Internet, taking a bath, eating a meal etc. I had had such a feeling especially for the first week after beginning of the relief work, which made me very exhausted. In such a situation, what is most important is to go back to the Scripture. In this time, especially the Scripture, Ecclesiastics 5:18-20 had lifted me up, which says
‘Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him-for this is his lot. Moreover, when God fives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work-this is a gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart. ‘
Through these scriptures, I learned afresh that my mission God has entrusted me is not to alienate the things he has given me, but to rejoice wholeheartedly, find satisfaction in it and to enjoy it as much as I can reasonably.. Not only so, I realized that it is not possible to continue the relief work if I do not stand on this belief. It seems some people sacrifices for their own life or health for the sake of this kind of work, especially those who have the strong sense of equity, or those who are loving people. However, the Lord teaches us to rejoice and be thankful at most for what he has given us at present, and out of such gratitude, we are to work according to our own capacity. I was so relieved when I came to understand this, and I had no need to be lost when I faced with the suffering people.

One more important thing is to have a full rest once a while, since the Lord says, ‘Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy’. It is to apply also for the one who involve a relief work. Especially it is a pastor who has been involving the work, unless he takes a day off apart from Sunday, he will surely get tired. It is what the Lord commands us to do.

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