Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Time To Relax is When You Don't Have Time

My mother and Father have a poster with these words on it with a picture of a worn out looking toy like a muppet. My Mother bought it years ago for my Father as he never seemed to take time to relax. The phrase is one we have picked up over the years and my Husband often reminds me to keep it too.
Today I have felt a sense of panic as I realised all the things I need to and want to do before Christmas, the lack of funds and a desire to make the Christmas full of joy and our own unique traditions.
It seems like there is no time for "me" and the list of jobs in my brain is filled to capacity so I can't recall them all.
I was reminded that unless I look after myself - no-one else will - and I will be of no use to anyone else. I need to "take time to relax even though I don't have time".

I listed all the things I wanted to do and buy. I made it into tasks for the week and through to the beginning of next week. Then I set to get them done having a break between each thing I did to spend time with God. By the time evening came I felt I had accomplished quite a bit, but I had been refreshed by God as well to do the next thing. I felt strengthened with the quality time and the desire to be alone with God.
I was also aware that I push out the boundaries. When the list of things to be done today, looked like I was going to get all completed, I added some more. It was as if I didn't want to allow myself to finish.
I was robbing myself of reward for never allowing me to rest. I felt God say
28"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."- Matthew 11:28-30 (New International Version)
As I rested in God's love I also recalled the verse
9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. - Proverbs 16:9 (New International Version)

Don't push the goal post. It is only you who doesn't end up winning.

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