31 Many people were coming and going, so there was no time to eat. He said to the apostles, “Come by yourselves to a secluded place and rest for a while.”

– Mark 6: 31

Busy schedules, and so much to do.  We have books and seminars on time management. I’m not alone in the overly busy category.  And if we are too busy, who’s fault is it?  Why can’t we so no to some things so we can say yes to the important things.  Why do we need to be busy all of the time?  It’s not healthy, and it’s not wholesome. I can promise you that.

My wife and I both work, and our kids are in time demanding activities beyond school.  Seriously, between our two kids there had to be 20 hours of practice and games a couple of weeks ago.  As my friend Bob penned on Facebook yesterday, “We are grinding kids into the ground with sports schedules. Calendar items like worship and rest are unattainable goals in many cases. Families tithe to their travel team.”

All of this busyness comes at a price.  Let me ask you this:  How are your relationships?  Do you talk to your friends enough?  If you’re married, how much time do actually spend with your spouse beyond schedule planning and a few quick meals?  How much time do you spend with your family?   And for people of faith, how much time do you spend with the Lord?  At the risk of sounding “preachy”, I want to remind you (and myself) of one thing.

Relationships take time to cultivate and maintain.   Your relationship with the Lord is no different.

When life got busy, Jesus got away by himself.  When life got busy and demanding for the disciples, Jesus made sure they were going to get some rest.  Interesting thing in how we are made, if we don’t rest and relax enough, it will lead to all sorts of health issues.

So this is our reminder.  If our schedules are overly busy, it’s our fault.  If our relationships are suffering because we aren’t investing time in them, it’s our fault.  Here’s the good news.  Patterns can change.  New habits can be formed.  It may be counter cultural to put the smart phone or tablet down for awhile, but what’s more important – Answering another e-mail, more time on social media, extra-curricular activities, or your relationships?  Where and how will you invest the time and the days the Lord has blessed you with?

Prayer:  Lord, help me to realize I don’t need to find a way to squeeze in one more thing, what I need most is time with you, time with family, time with friends to cultivate relationships.  Amen.