God is offering you rest and joy.

What's keeping you from grasping hold of these gifts?

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What do workers gain from all their hard work? I have observed the task that God has given human beings. God has made everything fitting in its time, but has also placed eternity in their hearts, without enabling them to discover what God has done from beginning to end.

Ecclesiastes 3:9-11

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A few years ago, I saw a documentary entitled, The Road to Nowhere. The film shined a light on the pressure parents are putting on students in middle school and high school. AP classes, multiple extracurricular activities, college entrance exam prep courses, sports, music, and volunteer hours all imposed on children based on the misguided belief that being a 60-hour-a-week scholastic warrior is the magic equation that leads to success and happiness in life.

Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t work that way. In fact, that approach correlates to higher rates of suicide, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior.

Sadly, when students are driven and over-scheduled, there is little or no time for contemplation, prayer or solitude. Our mantra becomes “produce, produce, produce,” when it ought to be “listen, listen, listen.”

Remember, no matter how fast you go, you’ll never reach your destination if you are traveling on the wrong road. Start with asking God, “Who am I?” or “Who did you create me to be?” Then, just listen. Listen until you know the right way to go.

Wade Griffith

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God, help me to discover the power of a sacred pause, of embracing sabbath. When I do finally stop, help me to listen for your voice that I might know the purpose you have given my life. Amen.

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Don’t think, “Yes, in the future, I ought to…”

Instead, do it.

Do it now.

Wade Griffith

Rev. Wade Griffith is the executive director of the Shanta Foundation (, a Durango, CO based NGO that does sustainable, community-led development work in Myanmar. Unlike most overseas development or charitable work, Shanta focuses on developing local capacity to address education, economic, health and infrastructure needs among its partner villages. Wade lives in Durango with his wife Julia and their two boys, Wade (10) and Haines (9). His hobbies include backpacking, snow skiing, running, reading, Alabama football, and gardening.

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