Gainesville District



Greetings Gainesville District!

A lark landed on a window sill and began a conversation with a canary in a cage by asking this question, “What is your purpose?”

“My purpose is to eat seed.”

“What for?”

“So I can be strong.”

“What for?”

“So I can sing,” answered the canary.

“What for?”

“Because when I sing I get more seed.”

“So you eat in order to be strong so you can sing so you can get seed so you can eat?”


“There is more to you than that,” the lark offered.  “If you’ll follow me, I’ll help you find it, but you must leave your cage.”[1]

How many of us wonder if all we do is work so we can have money so we can put food on the table so we can be healthy enough to work so we can earn money to put food on the table so we can be healthy. . . ?  Do you ever feel like that canary in the cage?

September brings with it Labor Day, and ever since 1894 when Congress made the first Monday of September a legal holiday for America’s laborers, working people have celebrated it by taking the day off. 

Work is a part of the natural order.  Some would call work a necessary evil. But even though work plays a major role in our lives, Jesus had very little to say about it.  Instead he said things like, “One does not live by bread alone,” (Luke 4:4) and “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.” (Matthew 6: 28-29).  He consistently taught that “One’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” (Luke 12:15)

I don’t think Jesus advocates laziness or encourages people not to work, nor do I think Jesus sits in judgement against those who work hard, but like the lark who landed on the windowsill to talk with the caged canary, he wants us to know that there is more to life than our toil and labor, and that if we’ll follow him, he’ll help us find abundant living. But first we must leave our cage and follow him.

It is important that we find balance between work, play, rest and renewal, for as Jesus said, “For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world, but forfeit their life.” (Matthew 16:26). God’s commandment for us to keep the Sabbath helps us find and keep that balance.  In fact, God models this balance from the very beginning, for when he finished the first six days of creating, “he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. 3So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.” (Genesis 2:2-3)

May we work hard, play with abandon and rest in the sustaining strength of God!





[1] Max Lucado, In the Grip of Grace, p. 29


District Superintendent

Alice Rogers
(770) 536-2586
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Administrative Assistant

Holley Butkovich
(770) 536-2586

Contact Information

343 Northside Drive  
Gainesville, GA 30501  

(770) 536-2586 Phone
(770) 536-7188 Fax