Do You Want Restoration? Or Relief? by James L. Rubart

It’s been a tough year. Tree goes through house, living out of a hotel, dealing with insurance, contractors, mortgage company, wife going through PTSD, youngest graduates from high school and heads off to college (hello empty nesters) … you get the picture.

In the midst of the above, a friend of mine asked a penetrating question: When life is tough, and the end of the day comes, do you seek restoration? Or relief?

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The truth is I seek relief far more than restoration. Relief comes from flipping on the tube, going to a movie, grabbing that extra chocolate chip cookie. Those things DO bring relief. Temporarily. But not restoration.

Restoration comes from sitting in silence and solitude. From reading a book that draws us into the deep places of our soul. From immersing ourselves in music that sends our spirits to the Lord.

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But getting restored is much harder than getting relief. I understand that, believe me, I understand it.

Just wanted to let you know I’m struggling just like you to choose restoration over relief. But today, just today, let’s choose restoration.

As Paul says, it’s a race, and we want to run well.

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About James L. Rubart

Husband, Dad, Author, Speaker
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