“Busy” describes the lives of most. “Hectic” or “pressured” probably does a better job of describing the lives of many. We over-commit, over-book, and over-obligate. We put demands on ourselves and demands on our children that very often do more harm than good. I say “we” because I have been just as guilty, if not more, than you. I look to my peer group, to those who have children at home, and I see us overextending ourselves in too many areas of life. Spending exorbitant amounts of time and energy in arenas that grant us little in return. Placing emphasis in areas of life that in the grand scheme of things possess little significance. Running full speed in a rapidly spinning hamster wheel and getting absolutely nowhere.
What is needed is a reprioritization of what’s important. To sift through the things that comprise our lives and determine what’s important and what’s not. To determine what we’re investing our lives into that’s really worthwhile and what it is that needs to be scaled back. Or completely cut out.
I have to believe that Jesus’ life was one of complexity and simplicity. It was balanced. In every way it was balanced. Does “balanced” describe your life too? If not, perhaps some reprioritization is in order.
Jesus spent intentional time with God. He set aside God designated time. Mark 1:35, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.” When is the last time that you did that? Is it a part of your normal rhythm of life? When is the last time you removed yourself from the static of the world and just spent some time in communion with God? Seeking counsel from God. Refocusing upon those things in life which truly matter.
Spending time in prayer and in communion and in silence before God, and committing ourselves to a rhythm of life that intentionally facilitates balance and simplicity in a life filled with complexity, is such a Christ-like way to live.
Glory to God!