As I sit here and look out my window I can’t help but fight this continuous feeling that I shouldn’t be doing this – that I shouldn’t be staring out the window daydreaming. I have too much to do and not enough time to do it. I have a sermon to write, I have prayers to lift up, I have people to meet, a soccer team to help coach and thus plan practices for, meetings to plan and get ready for…and that’s just for the next two days! Oh yeah…and I have a family that deserves my time as well.
What’s discouraging is that I know that I am not alone in these feelings and activities. I’ve heard from numerous people that there just isn’t enough time in the day to do what needs to be done…and what do I tell them? Take time. Rest. Breathe. Relax. And yet I do not take a dose of my own medicine. “This advice is good for them, just not practical for me.” Well – the gig is up! I’m calling myself out (and you, the reader, as well). We MUST take time to rest.
Life is full of busy activities. Of dinners to prepare, laundry to do, work to do, people to see – “stuff.” And what we tell ourselves is that we will “relax” when we finally retire. Well, there are numerous problems with that because I know people that are retired and they seem more busy than when they were working AND what good is “waiting” for retirement or some other period of time when we don’t know what tomorrow brings!?
One thing I’ve learned this past year as a pastor is that the busy weeks and days will come – and they will come frequently…so there is no use fretting over them. Even more so, when you look at your week and workload – do what you can, do your best, and don’t worry because it literally does nothing for you (it may possibly slow you down or make you less efficient). For me, I have found that in those weeks where I had tons to do a funny thing happened. It all got done. The sermon was written, relationships were still forged, time in prayer was fruitful, and my family still saw me. No extra “time” was spent away from family or any other important activities.
Worrying did nothing except make me worry about worrying.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
So my challenge, to you the reader, is to take your time. Be efficient with all that you do – but let your burdens fall to the ground and leave them be. Allow rest to creep in and succumb to the joys that are not work-related. Sit and read a book. Stare out the window with a nice cold iced tea or cup of coffee. Read scripture. Drink in your time with God. Don’t put off doing tomorrow (or 30 years from now) what you could benefit from doing today…resting, each day in the One who wants to spend time with you.
Just My 2 Cents