How busy has your day been? Your week?
I don't know about you but for the last month and a half it's been a go, go, go for me. Too many 1am-2am bedtimes for my taste.
What do you do when you look at your calendar and realize all the stuff you have to do? How do you deal with busyness? How does it affect your mood? How does it affect those around you?
If you are like me, there comes a time when, if you are not careful, all the busyness will affect how you treat others, how long your temperament fuse is, and sometimes it can even skew your perception of things and mess with body and mind.
It's easy to get busy. It's easy to fill up our schedules with all these stuff that we consider 'good'. But just because something is good doesn't mean it should find its way to our oh so precious calendars.
Some time back I had to reevaluate how I handled business because here's the thing, some weeks and months are going to be busier than others and I needed to be able to accomplish it all without neglecting the things that are key for my faith and daily life. I was once challenged to ask myself these questions:
"Am I too busy to have a relationship with God?"
"Am I too busy to have a relationship with other people?"
I had to take heed of God's promise... "seek the Kingdom of God above all else and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need" (Matthew 6:33).
Key words here, ABOVE ALL and EVERYTHING. Above all refers to all those things that try to steal every minute away from me. And, If by EVERYTHING God meant the whole caboodle then this means I can't disregard the importance of making space for Him in my life no matter what my day, week, month look like because He'll take care of me.
Whatever your calendar looks like today, do this
Make space for God.
Many have been the times when I've gone day after day with busy schedules that don't allow me to make space for God and more often than not, I end up mentally exhausted and I find myself complaining more, stressing more as well as more agitated. Somehow, when I carve space to silence myself before God, I find renewed perspective, hope, inner strength. I can think more clearly, I am more prudent in making wise decisions, I love others better. I like me better. :)
Make space for relationships with others.
Why? Because if you were intended to be on your own God wouldn't have placed you in a world with billions of others earthlings. Because He's always intended for us to have community with those around us and this not only includes your immediate family and friends, it also includes your church community, "Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have made a habit, but let us encourage one another..." (Hebrews 10:25).
Make space for you as well because taking care of you (your body, your mind) goes hand in hand with making space for God and others. It will take you even further!
How do you make space in your life for God, relationships and to take care of yourself? I'm always up for growing in this area!