8 Those who plant only for their own benefit will harvest devastation from their selfishness, but those who plant for the benefit of the Spirit will harvest eternal life from the Spirit. 9 Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up. 10 So then, let’s work for the good of all whenever we have an opportunity, and especially for those in the household of faith. – Galatians 6: 8-10
What are you doing today? Whose it for? What’s keeping you busy today? We all have so much to do. Sometimes for me, it’s easy to get lost in the list of things to do, things that I think need to get done at work or for my family. Sometimes, I’ll admit, I get so busy just doing, that I forget exactly why I am doing it or who I am doing it for. That crazy schedule is not only draining physically, it empties my spiritual and emotional tank. Not surprising, in those times of depletion, I find I’m easily exasperated and my work is not as good as it could be. It’s harder to listen to others and be there for others when I’m tired.
I have a hunch I’m not alone in running the exhausting rat race. Today’s verse from Galatians is gentle, grace-filled reminder to me from the Lord, to slow down, take time to be with God, and let The Lord orient my day and my attitude. I find when I do that regularly, I’m a much better husband, dad, friend, pastor, and just about everything else. I’m nicer, more kind, more thoughtful.
I invite and challenge you to set aside a some time today and just be with God. Start by listing the people God has put in your life lately. All those tasks on the to do list, who are they for? For God? For others? For yourself? And yes, some times its okay to do things for yourself to recharge your physical, spiritual, and emotional batteries.
It’s the ancient and wise concept of sabbath. In our culture, it’s harder and more necessary than ever.
Prayer: Lord, help me to slow down, to sit with you for a while. Reorient me with your wisdom. Help me push aside my selfish pace, and prepare me to be the person you have made and called me to be to help others. Grant me grace, grant me wisdom, grant me courage to stop, and then start me up again, on your path. Amen.