Life’s most rewarding experiences rarely come in neat little packages. They’re found in unexpected encounters and at critical times in life.
You may have taken much time in planning a vacation for the family and had a great time but what your family will remember most is the time you tucked them in or a late night conversation you had with them over hot chocolate.
Sometimes we can get so busy with our schedules that we miss out on the individuals in our life that matter to us most. Personal needs are too significant to commit to the pre-planned schedule. So many of us think the problem with handling needs personally is that they can grow out of control. You like to stick to the plan to prevent you from becoming overwhelmed. What you do for one person is not what you have to do for everyone. Make adjustments for the unexpected before they happen.
When you are emotionally and spiritually drained by expectations, it’s easy to just go into auto-pilot. It may keep you calm for a while but you will be missing out on the positive emotional ones also because you just don’t want to feel anything. When this happens you may be subject to over-scheduling, time-management issues, anxiety, stepping out of your boundaries, tolerating bad habits and having wrong intentions.
To live in victory you will want to go to your place of quiet and protect that time, go to it daily. If you find security, strength and self-worth or your strategy for living coming from any other source, your day can be defeated. Everything you need comes from that time with God.
So, while you are busy working and looking important, you can lose your ability to hear the voice that called you there in the first place. So relax, don’t be so impulsive, know that you will never have all the answers, take a day off when possible, plan for breaks or vacations , get a good night sleep, make your free time count with yourself, family and friends.
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31
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