Spiritual Coaching Vol 3 #10 Pace… http://www.dennymeyer.me
What is the pace of your day? How do your fill your time? What routine do you follow? I was thinking about this yesterday and wondered what kind of pace others followed. Generally I hate too much routine because it bores me but some routines are good and give us health. In the depth of winter my routine includes covering myself with a fleece and having a hot beverage in my hand and considering hibernation until spring. Honestly, I’d like to hear from some of you on what you do to keep a balance in your life. Let me see if I can give you an example.
I had an acquaintance who lived in Washington, D.C. Every morning he would go for a run along a river walk – usually a three to five mile run. He would come home, shower, and go to work. He had a sales job so his hours could be sporatic. He might end up at home mid-afternoon and then take a client out at night. He probable worked fifty or fifty-five hours a week but every Sunday he spent with his family and every Sunday night he planned his week tightly so that he had plenty of time to do things that were important to him. Yet, I don’t know the details of his life – what was important. For some of you there are many things you want to explore and many things that are important. Prioritizing becomes vital as you look at your routine. Those priorities are quite different when you are thirty and when you are fifty.
Author William Golding wrote, “Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry.” There are things we just want and need to get done and we use the skill of a craftsman to get them done. I’m exploring ways that people do that. I’m looking forward to hearing some of your ideas and “routines.”
In Luke 21:37-38 we read, “Every day he was teaching in the temple, and at night he would go out and spend the night on the Mount of Olives, as it was called. And all the people would get up early in the morning to listen to him in the temple.”
In this busy confusing world it’s nice to imagine what kind of form or structure could be useful to our lives. Jesus is a role model. Jesus routinely went about his business daily. He knew that he was called to teach. There were times that he preached, but also many times that he taught. While he maintained his schedule of teaching, he knew that he could not do this without power and strength from God the Father. He would leave the crowd and he would go out to the Mount of Olives where he could be fed emotionally, spiritually and physically. Then, restored, he could come back early in the morning back to the temple, back at work, and back teaching the people.
So give this some thought this weekend and of course….