It’s that time of year again my friends. Along with the excitment of Thanksgiving and Christmas comes the exhaustion of the rat race most of us have associated with it all. Somehow in the midst of what should be some of the best times of our lives we find ourselves tired and just hoping to survive it all. Something has to change if this year is going to be any different. I believe monoriting the following three areas of my life will make a big difference in the coming days ahead.
I HAVE TO REST…..Anytime we run around like chickens with our heads cut off, seeking to play rescue ranger, and treating everything like its urgent we are bound for burnout. We can’t be there for everything and everyone and not expect to hit a wall. Trust me, I’ve hit this wall many, many times in my life. Even as I write this I do so realizing that one of the most underrated things in my life is the value of rest. Our bodies and our minds need rest and recovery time. I have to continually be re-charged if I am to have the strength to charge out into a world that never rests.
I HAVE TO KEEP THINGS IN “RIGHT PERSPECTIVE…..Boy do I feel strongly on this one. The holidays should be about bringing families together, reaching out to others, and realizing how much God has blessed us all so much. It’s not about the price of the gift, but the thought of the gift that matters. It’s not about impressing one another, but loving one another. It’s not about what we eat, but having everyone gathered together around one table filled with love and thanksgiving. In life, my perspecitve will have huge impact on my process. Don’t let the crowds of stressed out people around you dictate how you go about things in this life, but seek to keep everything in right perspective followed by right priorities.
I HAVE TO RECONIZE MY HUMANITY…..I don’t think I’m the only one that thinks at times he is super human. In my wishful thinking, I believe I can be there for everyone and do everything. Then suddenly I run into this wall called “REALITY”. I only have so many hours in the day. I only have so much strength. My wisdom is nothing compared to an all knowing God. In order to carry on at full strength I have to remind myself of my humanity. I can’t say “yes” to everyone and not burnout. I can’t be there for everyone and not wear out. I have to understand my limitations, my imperfections, and my complete dependence on God’s strength. I love the words of an old gospel song “I can’t even walk without Him holding my hand”.
Luke 5:16….says “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” I believe Jesus “The Son Of God” continued to recognize his humanity, allowing God to renew his perspective, and practiced daily the value of rest. This allowed him to stay on course with his God given mission in this life.