Sometimes I do what I need to do. Sometimes I do what others need. Sound familiar?
- 5:00-Work out at the gym
- 6:00-Get ready for work
- 6:30-Work on blogs
- 7:30-Writing/work on next book
- 9:00-Arrive at office:
- 9:15-Office appointment
- 10:15-Office appointment
- 11:30-Lunch meeting
- 1:00-Meet with one of the ministers
- 2:00-Coffee with a member for counseling
- 3:00-Study and sermon prep
- 5:00-Meeting with the Elders
- 7:00-Meet with men’s leadership group
- 8:00-Tidy up and head home
- 8:05-Driving home, make calls to check on people
- 8:20-Home! See Danielle, have dinner.
Not every day is a fourteen-hour day. Some are longer. Some shorter. Some days have more time for study, reflection and prayer. Some don’t.
Do you get to do what’s most needed? Or are your days busy with the needs of others?
- How busy are moms with young children?
- How much time does a single parent get?
- What about those who are primary care givers?
- Think about people who travel constantly for work.
- Some are avalanched with calls, customers, and contracts.
You get the idea.
- “At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place.” Luke 4:42
- “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:16
He needed solitude to commune with his Father, because every day Jesus served the needs of others. But he always found a few minutes for himself.
He didn’t have lunches to pack, or kids to get out the door, or rush hour traffic. There wasn’t laundry to do or bathrooms to clean. He didn’t have events to attend. He didn’t cook for a family or wash the dishes.
However, Jesus had his own kind of busy, with endless demands on his time, energy, and resources. Who among us would trade our life for his?
Be encouraged to be the best you can be. Find a minute to restore yourself. Listen to scripture while driving. Listen to uplifting praise music. Offer brief prayers throughout the day.
Connect with God, you’ll be glad you did.