All too often we are busy. Go go go is all we think. Once we finish this task we have another to get started on. Then there come those times when we think to ourselves “next week will be better, it will slow down and I will rest”. That happens right? It slows down and you finally catch up on that rest you need? Usually not. For some reason we as people have a hard time just sitting and relaxing any more now days. You hear people all the time saying “last week I worked ___ hours” and someone else chimes in saying “I’ve done that for the past two months”. As if it is a thing to brag about.
Psalms 39: 6 “…..all our busy rushing ends in nothing”
The thing that most people don’t see is who and what is suffering in the background. Usually it is our families, friends and loved ones that suffer. They are the ones that are missing the time spent with us because we are working, or having to get up early to get to work so we need to get to bed early thus skipping time with them.
Business does not lead to Godliness….. We over burden ourselves often in our church lives as well. How many times has something been going on and we feel that we need to be involved with it, have some sort of hand in the happening, whether it be a project in the church, an event, or a group. We feel like we have to be part of it. God asks of us to give him our burdens, and we will find rest in Him. Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
I had this the other day at church as well. We were looking at a project for a railing and there were three guys besides me looking at it and two of them decided that they would do the metal work and the other said he could do the wood work. I stood there for a second trying to figure out how I was to be involved, almost with this I need to do something so I can say I did something in my mind. After I thought a second I realized that everything was looking good and would work out fine, but if I tried to squeeze in somehow I would just mess up the flow. I stepped back, and said, sounds good guys let’s do it. Sometimes when we try to have a hand in everything all we end up doing is having a hand in helping to make everything more difficult or helping it fail.
I have heard the saying when working on designing machines, etc. that it cannot be a Swiss army machine. This is referencing the fact that Swiss army knife can do a lot of different things, but it cannot do anything really well. I like to apply this in my everyday life as much as I can, but still need to remind myself occasionally. I need to remind myself that I can do a lot and not do any of it well, or I can focus my attention on a few select things. If I were to try and get involved with everything that happens at church, then keep things running at home and at work, eventually it will be too many places for me to be at once and all of them will suffer.
It is very hard, but I have found myself stopping and asking God to show me what He wants me to do and to focus on. Most of the time we scurry about trying to accomplish so many things to please those around us, ourselves and hopefully God somewhere in the process. The one that our actions should be pleasing the most is usually the last that we think about, God.
The past couple days I have had to spend time at home resting for medical reasons. They have been two of the best days I’ve had in a long time. I was requiring time to recharge my batteries and get some calm relaxing time. Usually I’m one of the people who only takes a day off if I have some projects that need to get done, not to rest and relax like I should. I hope that everyone finds the needed time to rest as I have. I didn’t have any meetings to attend, no pressing issues at work, nothing to worry about but me resting and relaxing.
Men, in the coming week try to find time to rest and recharge. Remind yourself that you don’t have to do everything right now and you don’t have to be involved in everything. Being over involved can lead to being under effective. Give your time to the Lord, let him lead you to the things that He desires for you to give precedence to in your lives. Psalm 37:5 “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” May you find rest in the Lord and may His will be enacted through you!
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