Spiritual Life Coaching – Too Much
When do you say, “Time out! Too much!” I was thinking about how I relax and how I work today. Monday is my “day off” right now. I’ve never been good at taking time off. My regulator between work and rest is broken. People tell me to take time off, take a vacation, take an evening to unwind and so on but duty calls at many inopportune times. Peoples life events do not follow a schedule . What made me think about this is that I’ve had a pretty relaxing Monday morning. I was just enjoying not really doing any work – well some of it required a a lot of energy but mostly it was really relaxing. Then about noon I started to think about all the things I needed to do for the week.
As much as I wanted to say, “Too much – don’t do it – don’t work – keep the relaxing thing going,” I couldn’t. So I worked on the message for next Sunday, I looked over the packed schedule for the week, I made a couple of phone calls before it hit me – I need to force myself to just stop. Writing was the solution. Pouring my thoughts into my blog like my confessional was the way to stop the work and start the reflection.
Writing for me makes me truly examine my motives. Then I came across this passage that devastated me:
“For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, ‘In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.’ But you were unwilling,” Is 30:15
Truth – I am unwilling – I’ve got to find rest in the Lord and not in my personal recipe for relaxation. That begins with listening. So listening is exactly what I’m going to do. I declare a time-out and remember my strength comes out of rest in the Lord.