Daily Delight

Saturday, November 5, 2016

I am a huge believer in rest in all forms–– meditation, travel, sleep, writing, long coastline drives–– you name it. However, once or twice, I’ve tiptoed the line of unproductive rest. It’s easy to do in my environment. I live in a beach town where the church I attended in college is nick-named “surf church!” “Chill” is an integral part of my geographical and generational lifestyle. We even have spiritual forms of “chilling.” We give it all to God, we take it a little too easy, with faithful assurance that everything will work out for us. The key phrase here is, “for us.” Backing away from the world–– whether it’s not participating in the democratic process or isolating ourselves and our gifts–– may get us by but will not progress the human condition.

Do you ever feel like your pastor is specifically calling you out when in reality he or she is addressing a few thousand other people? Well, my pastor said this just as I was falling into my routine of ever-restful SoCal chill: “I’m around so many young people with so much education who actually think it’s spiritual to just chill…and not take responsibility to make the world better.” That was a huge wakeup call for me to start focusing on the bigger picture of the story I’m writing and use my privileged platform to impact the world I’d been merely existing within. Mind you, existing with a focused prayer life and a nurtured church community, but an isolated existence nonetheless.

My relationship with Jesus would be squandered if it stayed within my sphere; I had to connect it to my gifts and plug it into the harsher-than-chill world in order to multiply. We are in the world, but not of it, and yet we are in it for a reason. This week, let’s check our “chill” and find where our impact lies. 

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” -Matthew 5:13, NIV

About the Author

Safeena Padder≫ ≫Safeena is a Malibu coastline-dwelling Pepperdine grad turned wedding photographer and aspiring photojournalist. Because of the unlikelihood of her own testimony, she believes that no one is too far from the redeeming love of God. She seeks to live that belief through action and by fostering even more unlikely friendships.

Safeena is passionate about travel, social justice, and the role that creativity plays in driving empathy that will change the world; you can follow her adventures atwww.safeenapadder.com/blog. Her natural habitat is the farmer's market, where you can normally find her with arms full of flowers.


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