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Summary: Jesus understood when, how, and why to "chill": when His emotional energies had been drained; how to back off the need to be needed; and for the purpose of providing a still point of healing for others.

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If there is any one thing that distinguishes my generation and

later generations, like the Gen-xers, it is that we have totally

different attitudes about work and play. We are light years

apart about what we expect from work or what we want from

play. People born before and during the World War II years

were schooled in a strong work ethic. Those of us of a

certain age do not think that work is something you do to

make a living. We think that work is life. We of our

generation are not comfortable unless we are working on

something that keeps us busy. We were schooled in a

vigorous work ethic.

But the next generations see themselves in a different way.

You “whippersnappers” do not work because work is a good

thing in itself. You work because you want to express

yourself. You work because you have a statement to make.

So if you can tell the world who you are without breaking a

sweat, you will be perfectly happy to do so. I know a young

man, one of these Internet workers who sold his stock at

just the right time, before the bubble burst. He will never

actually have to work again. He quit his job to live off his

windfall. I predicted he would get tired of relaxing and would

soon want to go back to work again. I said, nobody will feel

satisfied just traveling and having a fun time; you will want to

work again. Guess what? Wrong, wrong, wrong. It hasn’t

happened. There is that generational difference. I would

work even if I didn’t have to. He is quite content with doing

his own thing and not working. I will come to my dying day

saying, “Not yet, Lord; I have a few more jobs to finish.” He

will come to his dying moment saying, “Okay, Lord; heaven is

one of the few places I haven’t checked out. Let’s go.”

A pastor friend of mine told me what a hard time he is having

with several young assistant pastors his church has tried to

hire. He says that they do not want to hear about the job;

they want to know how many weeks off they get, they expect

to work only nine to five, no night meetings. And one of

them even wanted to know if there was some way that he

could work in the ministry and still have Sundays off! Well,

said my friend, after a series of conflicts with these people,

one of his young disasters said, “Pastor, you would be a lot

less uptight if you would take more time off for yourself.” My

friend exploded, “I could take some time off for myself if I

could get anybody to help me around here.”

It’s a generational thing. Some people live to work, and

others work to live. Some people take time off when they

can squeeze it in, and others manage to squeeze in a little

work between vacations. It’s a generational thing. It’s also a

personality thing. And it is also a spiritual thing. It’s a

spiritual thing because unless and until we learn how to

manage the balance between work and play, we will find little

satisfaction in our own lives and we will be of little value to

others. It’s a spiritual thing, when and how and why you rest.

To use the vernacular, how you chill is a spiritual issue.

Can I talk with you about Jesus chilling? Jesus chilled.


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