I have this bad habit of wanting to cram too much information on a single page of paper. Whether it’s a marketing graphic or a party invitation or I’m just trying to save paper by fitting everything I want in a one-page Microsoft Word document, I am consistently getting an alert from my printer telling me that what I’m trying to print exceeds its capacity.
When asked if I want to continue, I always click “YES”. And I’m always disappointed with the outcome.
The sad thing is, I don’t treat my life much differently than I treat my word processor.
I overload my schedule, treat my body and my mind like a production machine, and consistently say “YES” to things I know I don’t have the capacity to do.
I berate myself with negativity if I don’t perform at a certain level, and at times I continue steamrolling through life as a mother of three living in a different country in the same way I did before I had kids and lived in the U.S.
As a contributor for Velvet Ashes, I’m often writing with a persuasive tone, hoping to capture your attention with a story or draw you into some revelation I’ve experienced.
But today, I’m here reaching through your computer screen with open palms, asking you for advice. I’m confessing a weakness I have and I’m going to need you to write this article.
I sat down this morning and just happened to be reading in Exodus when God was commanding the Israelites to take a Sabbath each week. As hard as we try to practice this as a family and recognize its importance, I’ll admit it’s a struggle.
I’m one of those people who must consistently be reminded that my performance for God doesn’t equal my value to God.
There are some basic truths I think we can all agree on:
- God commands us to rest. We must build this time into our schedules for our personal health and the health of our families.
- We must say “no” to the good things so that we can say “yes” to the great things.
- Without consistent margin built into our lives, we are on the brink of burnout.
What I’m looking for in the comments is the “how-to” response of the spiritual discipline of thoughtful time and space.
If you’re an extrovert, how do you prioritize alone time?
If you’re an organizational leader, how do you build safe boundaries into your work week?
If you’re a mother of young children or a homeschooling mom, what does your quiet time with the Father look like?
If you’re a person who is bent toward achievement (enneagram 3 anyone?!), how do you remind yourself that your worth is not correlated to your work ethic?
What podcasts have changed the way you schedule your week?
What books do you recommend to the workaholic?
What Scriptures do you meditate on to hold you accountable to Sabbath?
I’m so looking forward to reading your tips and tools! I know your collective wisdom will bless me and others like me.