Dear Windermere Friends,
I have seen people spend years with their nose to the grindstone, never relaxing and in the end become miserable. All they do is work hard and they never take a break. Any type of relaxing is considered frivolous. It seems like they do not have time to be happy. Christians should not live that way.
As I read my Bible I see that Jesus was the life of the party. He knew how to relax and enjoy life. I can remember thinking –Jesus lived his life on earth as a reminder that God is NOT bewildered by hard times in a chaotic world. Life should be enjoyed. Jesus knew how to enjoy life.
It is not a sin to enjoy life. As one who lives and ministers at a happy place called Windermere, I believe in taking time to step away and have some fun. Many years ago, I found this letter from an anonymous friar. This is a great example of enjoying life. May we all experience the thrill and risk of abandonment!
If I had my life to live over again, I’d try to make more mistakes
I would relax, I would limber up, I would be sillier than I have been this trip
I know of very few things I would take seriously
I would take more trips I would be crazier.
I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers, and watch more sunsets
I would do more walking and looking
I would eat more ice cream and eat less beans
I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones
John W. Bailey
Office 573-346-5200 Ext. 2611