All work and no play …

I know that may be an odd comparison, but I think many will agree that there is always so much to do, not enough time – and so many obstacles.

              With Thanksgiving just passed and Christmas and New Year’s approaching, I’m sure a lot of people will be able to relate to my analogy. Even before the holidays I felt overloaded. My “To-Do” list has gotten out of hand the last several months.

              The crazy comparison came while driving to a meeting last month. No, I don’t drive a Ferrari, but I feel like I should at times. I was in a hurry, but there was no way for me to get to the meeting site any faster because of heavy traffic and the stupid garbage truck in front of me. What I didn’t realize was that God had put me in this situation so He could reveal how balance and boundaries needed to be restored to my life.

              I have a tendency to say “yes” to whatever comes my way. But as the old saying goes, all work and no play … just makes you missed at home.

              An overloaded schedule prevents you from stopping when you need to or making time for something unexpected that needs attention.

              Even going to church can add to your busyness if you aren’t making a point of punching out from your day and truly spending time with the Lord while you’re there.

              With 2008 coming to a close, there is so much that we “have to do.” I hope we don’t miss what is really important. Spend time with family, celebrate Christ’s birth, reflect on 2008 and enter well into 2009. One thing we all can rejoice in is that if we made it through the difficult economic times of 2008, then surely we can make it through anything. Some may say that it is just going to get worse, but I believe and have faith that it is just going to get better.

              My son, Caleb, has a favorite verse. It says, Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all [that] you [do] be done with love. (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)

              Please enjoy this wonderful season, and don’t let the garbage creep into your life, get in the way or whack you out of balance. Keep focused on the Lord and what He has called you to do … nothing more. God has an agenda for us and it is awesome. Look for it.

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