The Berlin Wall and My Brain’s Pleasure Center

statues made from the Berlin Wall at the FDR Library

Thank YOU, God, for a truly remarkable season of PRAYER as part of the HIM 2010 Conference Prayer Team! And now, this morning I am entering into a Day of Rest. Protected by You, God, from BUSY.

At lunch yesterday I suggested to a conference speaker that he would make a good pastor.  He said OH NO!  I laughed and we agreed it was an impossible job. Afterwards, I talked with a friend about the burnout rate among pastors.

My take, God, is that the basic assumptions are wrong.

I Peter 2:9 says “you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood”. Now, God, I believe Peter was talking about all of us — not just the clergy. But here we are with the clergy doing WAY TOO MUCH.  Getting WAY TOO BUSY!

I remember Dr. Hart lecturing on how being BUSY — over time — builds a WALL around the PLEASURE CENTER of our brain. The small and simple pleasures can’t get OVER THE WALL! Dr. Hart said that after a while the person enters the state of ANHEDONIA — they are unable to feel pleasure — they are numb.  They are then susceptible to things like Adultery, Gambling, Racing . . . things that are risky and give them a hit of adrenalin to GET THEM OVER THE WALL.

It made me think of the Berlin Wall that for so many years imprisoned the people of East Berlin.  But that wall was visible.  People could see it.  They knew it was there.  How much more effective is a wall we can’t see.

Sigh, please God, help us to picture a Wall around our Pleasure Center — help us SEE that proper rest and balanced living — will keep the wall low enough for small pleasures to walk in. Yes, God! Today while I rest, YOU will tear down the wall I’ve built this week!

Story teller,

Posted in A weekly day of rest, an invitation to abundant life, appreciation, busy, busy as an attack strategy, sabbath rest

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