One of my favorite childhood toys seems to be making a comeback, the hula hoop. I spent some time recently in the park perfecting my technique and competing to see whether I could keep a hoop circling my waist . While in the park, I observed children of all ages trying their hardest to keep hula hoops from falling to the ground. They twisted and turned with all that they could muster, however, the hoops landed on the ground. Suddenly a young woman came along and with hardly any motion, she moved the hoop smoothly and rhythmically up and down from her waist to her shoulders and back to her waist.

So it is in our spiritual lives, we can expend all kinds of energy trying to keep up with others in service to God. But working to exhaustion is not a virtue. Before feeding thousands of people with only five loaves and two fish, Jesus called His disciples away to rest, proving that He does not need our frantic exertion to accomplish His work. What did Jesus teach His disciples, He taught that Obedience accomplishes more than uncontrolled activity.