My name is Scott Daniels.
I served in local churches as a United Methodist pastor for 20 years. It was an honor and a privilege. Then in 2013, my wife Anita and I started The Center – an interfaith spiritual day retreat and community based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
I often spoke and taught on the themes of the rest that works in the past and tried to live them with varied success. Over the years, after a sermon, class or even sitting with some agnostic friends in a coffee house, people would suggest, “Scott, you’ve got to write a book explaining your perspective on Jesus and his message. It’s biblical, unsettling in some ways and great news, all at the same time.” Exactly.
Listening to one of the themes running through the Bible and other sacred texts, I now take it for granted that “we live and move and have our being in God” (Acts 17:28). If that is true, any separation from the Living God can only be relative. Like a cell experiences a form of separation while in a body, our separation from God is experiential, not essential. It is mental, not fundamental. It is discordant sensing, thinking and acting that make us feel as if we are living apart from God. Misalignment within God is a very real problem (much like cancer in a body), but there are things we can do to bring our lives back into healthy alignment with the Living, Loving God. The rest that works is a way to pursue that. It seeks to change the nature of our experience by tuning us to the reality of God’s ever-present, loving essence. Living in God's Unconditional Love then helps us love ourselves and others in much healthier, fulfilling ways. That’s the fruit of the rest that works.