Dear All

I was reminded the other day of adverts from my youth; the metal aliens with their mockery of earth people mashing potatoes rather than instant Smash (admit it you remember the line?) Or Opal Fruits, ‘made to make your mouth water’ that didn’t work when they changed the sweets changed name to Starburst. That catchy line was written by the late Murray Walker (of Formula 1 fame) He worked in advertising for a while before the sports commentating took off and he also came up with ‘A Mars a day helps you work, rest and play’

This was a fabulous slogan first adopted for the chocolate bar in the 1960s, dropped in 1997 but re-introduced briefly ten years later with a video of monks bellringing! I’m sure you must have seen that, but if not, it’s available on YouTube! The premise of the video was that eating a Mars bar ‘aided exercise’, which nutritionists amongst us might take dispute with, but nevertheless, the original slogan has remained memorable.

We all need work, rest and play and getting the balance right is important for our physical and mental health. None of us can go flat out at work without risking ‘burn-out’ and none of us can just rest without losing the ability to move and be productive, and if life was just play I’m not sure what we might achieve in life. But many of us find it difficult to get the balance right. And what about our spiritual wellbeing? How often do we wonder if we are achieving the right balance there, or ignoring our spiritual needs completely?

Jesus knew how to withdraw often and find space and time to ‘just be’, to connect with God and to pray. He knew the importance of getting the balance right and in doing so was better equipped and able to be there for others to help them to achieve inner peace and rest. He said:

‘“Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  (Matt:11.28-30)

This Summer, why not re-evaluate your ‘work, rest and pray’ balance and see if any adjustments need to be made. Jesus is waiting to hear from you.

Happy Summer