Seems like in this last year I have been like that Disney character the Tasmanian Devil, always in a buzz saw rushing from here to there, one day in ATL, then Orlando, then Daphne, Pensacola and all stops in between. In the last few weeks it hit warp speed as a trip to DC was sandwiched around two to Florida and because of a lower sales volume and my desire to just chill, ATL may be my stop for at least a week or so. Good to be home and get refreshed.
Though there are still auctions here to work, there has been time to walk my grandson back and forth to his bus stop, play with my granddaughter, listen to some uplifting messages including Andy Stanley's "One King Leads To Another" (really worth watching), and even get promised a home cooked meal tonight. I have slowed down from a whirling dervish to normal life speed, and quite honestly my thinking is much clearer.
Does life do that to you as well? Seems like that are so many important tasks of the day that we tend to pass right over the refreshing we need to provide for our heart and souls. Though we want to be servants to our brotherhood and family, there is a me or a you in there that is crying out to be nurtured, loved and given some time to relax a moment or two. When we are constantly on the move, we become like that saying, "it's hard to hit a moving target." Sometimes we need to face up and be God's bull's eye for an arrow of sustenance.
We all talk about the time Jesus withdrew from the crowds and his closest disciples to go pray and be refreshed. Because he had a single minded purpose it is unfair to compare our lives to his, but the point that enough can be enough for any mortal to take, much less God, makes me understand I must take care of me before I can be of good use to someone else.
In order to be the best for you, for God, family, friends and an employer, there has to be a balance of life that includes constant refreshing. This includes spiritually, emotionally and physically which is truly the balance Jesus always remained in.
Think of it as part of the symphony of life. Everything plays together as one to provide beautiful music. Of course you need a great conductor which we have, but if you have ever attended a concert, you know there is an intermission. Why, because they know too much effort and strain can lead to playing the wrong notes!
We all need a refreshing intermission...........
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.