“I’ve been so busy” said everyone.
Life is crazy. Life is good. Life goes by fast. So we try to fit every possible thing we can in the time that we have been given here on earth. I think a lot of us are like this. I know I am. There is so much good in that but there is also a part of me that feels like I am missing out on something even though I am doing everything.
We live in a society that needs to keep moving. We all talk about it and we all recognize it. Yet we keep moving like an old toy you wind up to get going. So we go, go, go. And after all of that, I know that we all die down just like that toy that doesn’t have the energy to continue any further. I can’t tell you how many times I yawn during school every day.
I am involved in a lot of things. Church, school, friends, clubs, our school’s musical… You name it. When all of the responsibilities and plans in my life hit me, it always seems to happen in one moment. All of those things come crashing down and I realize how much is on my plate. I panic and I suddenly feel more tired than I do whilst walking through my school’s hallways at 7 in the morning (and let me just say, I am practically a zombie in the morning). But during this moment of panic and stress, I am gently reminded of who I am and who I am living for.
I know that my purpose is to be a light. To serve and to follow God’s calling in my life. He reveals to me everyday my purpose for each step I take wherever that may be. And there are many places that God is calling me to be. I feel like a lot of us can relate. We are working, going to school school, having families, throwing parties, joining clubs, playing sports, going to/serving in youth group… God may have us in many different mission fields and give us many different opportunities to find out who we are. But something that I’ve been asking myself is how many is too much?
I’ve always heard the saying “Don’t run yourself too thin” but I’ve never thought that it pertained to me. I was “fine” and had the energy to go and do all of these things I had signed up for. But now, I’m faced with my senior year and decisions… I am starting to think of questions like, “What is best for me and God’s calling in my life?”, “Where can I best contribute my talents?”, and “What can I do to make sure I can rest on top of everything?”
Rest is so important. And I haven’t been making rest a priority in my life. The silly thing is, I don’t sleep enough yet sleep is all I think about when I am at school trying to stay awake. If sleep is all I’m thinking about, how can I think about others in my school that I should be showing love to? It disturbs me that sleep takes over my mind because I’m not setting enough time aside for it.
Taking care of yourself is so important for taking care of others. We need to be in good condition to expand God’s Kingdom.
1 Corinthians 6:19
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
Involving yourself in a lot of things can be good for you and for others to hear about Jesus through you. But make sure you can give your best in whatever you do. This may seem pretty obvious or cliche to you, but I felt this was something somebody needed to hear. I definitely needed to hear it and it was loud and clear. It was like my “wake-up call” to rest more….
Something that has been on my heart as well is you can grow closer to God while serving and doing what you feel He is asking you to do, but we need to make sure we are growing closer to Him in those intimate, quiet moments we set aside for Him. I think those are the most important moments of our days. Those quiet moments can help you prepare for the moments when you feel stressed and overwhelmed with everything life throws at you.
Make rest a priority. Make your time with just you and God the biggest priority. Make your days count. But just because you’re not getting something done or running around doesn’t mean your day didn’t count. The best days can be the ones spent in silence or even snoring. 🙂
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.