Busyness. It’s at epidemic proportion. To live without space in the day, to miss the gift of time, to be consumed with a list of tasks to check off, to be so stressed with the doing that it all becomes a blur of nothingness, is to live less than what God has planned for life.
Life goes quickly. As we get older and look backwards, it’s hard to believe so much of the time we receive has already been lived. And. When we’re honest, we admit we’ve not experienced all God has prepared for us in each day. Every generation has had to face the brevity of life and take the responsibility of how it’s lived. James wrote in the first century:
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that” (James 4:13-15, TNIV).
There you have it . . . life is a mist appearing for a short time . . . and then it all vanishes. It can be missed when we’re not mindful of what we’ve received, when we fill our time with unnecessary agenda, when we’re weighed down by the stress of it all, when we live without intentional value, when we allow busyness, problems, and pressures to control us, focused more on the stuff than on God. The thing is. . . it’s a choice of who and what we allow into our life . . . and, whether or not, busyness and stress underscore our day. I’m the first to say that I’ve let too much stuff control my days and the first to say I’m determined to live well.
How is it possible to live well in a time when busyness and stress dominate?
I’m learning to be more intentional, choosing to let go of the unnecessary stuff of life, taking breaks from it all to focus on God, determined to do only what matters.
The Psalmist said it best in Psalm 46:10:
Be still and know God.
I’ve posted these all-important words in our main room, as a reminder that it’s necessary to take breaks, even for a minute, so I am able to turn my attention away from the all-consuming-stuff of the day and focus completely on God, which changes my perspective and ultimately how I live the day I’ve received.
It’s really not complicated.
Stop. Take a break from it all. Be still. Become aware of the presence of God. Know God.
Focus on God and you will come to understand what really matters.
Learning to Kickstart the day by taking breaks, becoming still, knowing God,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)