Learning the 'Unforced Rhythms of Grace'

Have you seen the new challenge at Chick-fil-a these days called the “Cell Phone Coop”? You place your cell phone in the “cell phone coop” and if you can successfully leave it in the box the entire meal on silent, after the meal, your entire family can receive small ice cream cones for free.

Society is speedily maneuvering at a break neck pace. Technology is both positively marvelous and relentlessly frustrating.

As indicated in the cell phone coop challenge, it is abnormal to be “present” emotionally and mentally with the ones we love while at dinner or anytime.

But, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Shaunna Neiquest just came out with a new book titled: "Present Over Perfect.” In it she reveals a process she experienced recently "a winding, messy journey from exhaustion to peace, from isolation to connection, from hustling and multitasking to sacred presence.”

Shaunna spoke on this journey at a conference I recently attended and she delivered a challenge to the listeners, a challenge to live a life characterized by three words: SLOW, DURABLE, and BEAUTIFUL.

I have not been able to mentally part from this concept or these three words, and so I feel compelled to discuss them with you here.

Friends, I know we are all different yet fight some of the same battles, all driving to the answer to these questions:

How can we stay emotionally present with the people that matter most?
How can we stay on the positively marvelous side of technology instead of the relentlessly frustrating side?
How can we live a life pleasing to the Lord?

Join me for the next three weeks as we take these three words as we examine and explore how we can live slow, durable, and beautiful life in Christ.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Matthew 11:28-30