Stop the Craziness!
Have you had a crazy wild week? Sometimes it is important to just stop, drop, and breathe in the goodness of life. It is so easy to get stressed out over even the smallest of things but add in the pressure of time and things can quickly get out of control and overwhelming. This is when we must realign our wild daily lives.
This is one of my favorite times of the year, as summer closes out and fall slowly creeps in, but it is also a time of year when life just seems to be more serious. A time in which schedules are set and adhered to with little room to stop and rest. But rest and enjoyment of life are important elements and equal to the busyness of ”work” that we often force upon ourselves.
As I write this, I know my family and friends are laughing, because I am probably the worst to push and push my schedule adding more and more. But I am realizing that if we are not enjoying the ”work” that we put upon ourselves then maybe it is time to reset our schedules and our ”to do” lists while we reconsider our life pattern. Sometimes we must take the time to just stop, breathe, and rest at the feet of Jesus.
Just Breathe in the Goodness
One of my favorite songs that is heard frequently is Breathe, by Jonny Diaz.
This song reminds us of the peace that Christ offers if we follow Him. A daily crazy life of racing through the hours and moving as fast as we can just make for a wild day. It creates and mounts a great abundance of stress that climbs as the clock ticks. Watching the time slip away and adding more and more business to the day, even when we are doing good works, doesn’t focus our day on the goodness of God, but on us. There is more to life than work and we must remind ourselves daily that with Christ we can rest at His feet and just breathe in the goodness of life.
Throughout the ages, people have struggled with a balance in life. Greek fabulist, Aesop said, ”If you keep a bow always bent, it will break eventually; but if you let it go slack, it will be more fit for use when you want it.” We all must take the time to rest and God knew this as He instructed and set the example at the beginning. (Genesis 2:3) Christ also prescribed time off for Himself and His wearied disciples as we see throughout His life. Shouldn’t we take His example seriously?
To enjoy life, no matter our circumstances, we must approach and take life each day as a gift from God, thanking Him for it and serving Him in it. True enjoyment of life comes only when we follow the guidelines that God sets for us. There is no real satisfaction in life found without our Savior leading our life. We all need to follow the lyrics of the song stopping and breathing in the goodness of God as we go. Life’s craziness might call out to us during our rest, but we must learn to just stop seeing and experiencing the goodness as we go.
So, I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.
Ecclesiastes 2:24 (NLT)
It is important that with our very busy lives and schedules that we schedule in a special time to relax physically, mentally, and renew ourselves. We can’t be our best for Him if our ”bow” stays tight all the time. Taking pleasure in what we do and enjoying life is another gift from the hand of God.
When you need a break from the difficulties of life, look to God for relief. He is ready to give you direction and guidance through the hardness that life offers. It is possible to be happy and enjoy life for there is real pleasure found in seeing and experiencing the gifts that God gives. This is much different from trying to find pleasure in the accumulations that the world tells us to work hard for.
A Gift of Goodness
Life is a gift from God and one that you are to enjoy while you fulfill your purpose that He created you for. You can rejoice because all the good things of this earth come from the Almighty. There is a greater life coming, but the gifts He provides for you here will one day be gone. Since no one knows the future, each day must be lived for its own values of goodness.
Learning to enjoy what God gives you not only refreshes you but gives you strength so you may continue His work. By enjoying the good things found in the life, you are given, you are taking pleasure in God’s gift to you. Putting off today’s joys to accumulate more things or money is not what God intended. It is easy to get caught up in the fast-paced rat race life of today’s world, but it is not worth putting off today’s joys for the future is uncertain. You must enjoy God’s gifts today while you are able.
Challenge yourself to stop and enjoy what you have today, for tomorrow is not promised. Allow your convictions to root itself so you may see that everything you have and all that is good are gifts from God. Find motivation in His goodness and enjoy life today. Surround yourself in the comfort of knowing that God doesn’t expect your life with Him to be drudgery. See that no matter your circumstances, there is beauty and pleasures found in each day if you seek it out.
Just breathe in His goodness when your life falls off-balance and hear Him clearly say to come and rest at His feet. Breathe in the goodness of God that surrounds you and peace will overcome your life.
Love in Christ,
Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer, since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power of judgment…Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller, and more of it can be taken in at a glance, and lack of harmony or proportion is more readily seen.
Leonardo Da Vinci
These are the words of Leonardo da Vinci, and no idler was he; as he excelled as a painter, sculptor, poet, architect, engineer, city planner, scientist, inventor, anatomist, military genius, and philosopher.
What are Your Thoughts?
Do you find it difficult to rest and enjoy the good things in life that God provides? Have you found yourself adding to your ”to do” list creating unreasonable schedules? Share your thoughts on the difficult but necessary and commanded action to rest in life.
Credits Jonathan Lindley Smith, J. D. (2015). Breathe [Recorded by J. Diaz]. Franklin, Brentwood, TN, USA: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Essential Music Publishing, Capitol Christian Music Group.