Have you ever been so knee deep in work, projects, deadlines, and to-do lists that it feels like your head is about to explode? Yeah, me too! Thursday evening of last week I felt extreme internal pressure and anxiety trying to take me out. It was the result of the busy days preceding it. As I get closer and closer to the brunch there are ticket sales goals I need to meet, sponsors to satisfy, and the overall pressure of everyday life that I had to fight off. I have this pesky habit of having total tunnel vision when I’m working on projects. To the point I forget to eat lunch even though the kitchen is 4 steps away from my desk. When I find myself in this kind of space I know it’s time to unplug. But, if you don’t have the confidence that your work will be ok sitting there on the desk, and that you will still hit your weekly goals you would stay plugged in and become a slave to your work.
Not me! This year I have recommitted to living a life of freedom through having total faith and trust in God. Sometimes we bank on ourselves too much instead of the grace of God. Another virtue that has helped me not “loose it” as often as I could, is to be fully yielded to the Holy Spirit. Last Thursday night when I was getting ready for bed I was mentally tired! I knew I needed a refreshing and it wasn’t going to come by trying to multi-task working with my 7 month old daughter. So I surrender to God’s invitation of rest then unplugged for the following day.
The next morning I was reminded that my son had a field trip to the Botanical Gardens with his class. I love being out in the open air within a beautiful setting. God knew this was exactly what I needed to find rest. So I gave my laptop the deuces and became a third grader for the day. One of my life-long goals has always been to have a flexible career that allowed me to be an active parent, make money while I’m sleep, and work with passionate people. I found my rest that day holding a 8 year-old’s hand while playing a guessing game estimating the number of thorns on a cactus. When I finally pulled the plug from working in my own strength, it made room for God’s grace to flow into the empty parts. Between listening to my body, obeying the Holy Spirit, and being reminded of how free the birds of the air roam I knew any sales made, emails sent or reports completed would of been all done in vain.
My encouragement to you is to know when it’s time to grind and when it’s time to unwind. When you don’t rest, sometimes you end up quitting in the long run. Know that God has a divine way of ensuring that all of your needs are met.