This world has a way of grinding us down. Some days it seems we can’t even find the energy to get out of bed, let alone manage our everly increasing, hectic ways of life. We have jam-packed schedules that often don’t allow for any “down time.” Things that may be important to us personally get pushed into the recesses of the closet…some may never again see the light of day! We can occupy our time fully with work, play, worry, inane activity (can you say “television”), and meaningless multitudes of other distractions. It’s no wonder we call it the “rat race,” “the daily grind,” the “hamster wheel of life.” At what point do we stop, take a breath and contemplate where we are in life, where we are going, how we’re going to get there and what is actually important out of all this mess we call our lives?
We need to make time for ourselves without being or feeling selfish. This is an art. It isn’t easy and can easily be done in the wrong ways. This world is definitely not about you and it doesn’t really revolve around you (no matter what you may think), but it does include you and your responsibilities. So how do you step out of it for a while without letting everyone else down or letting everything fall apart? Well, let’s be real here, the world won’t fall apart without your input for a day (I hope–I don’t think I’m talking to heads of state here). Now about letting everyone down–we already schedule everything else, why not pencil in some “me” time, some family time, or just some quiet, contemplative time. If it’s on a schedule then it’s much more likely to happen–not definite, mind you….you still have to make it a priority in your life.
That’s why I love Sunday. You may or may not be a Christian, but I am and I love Sunday because it is a day we can prioritize, pencil in, and schedule a recharge with other people who are like-minded, having the same struggles and the same time constraints. We all gather together to focus on what (or who in this case) is truly important. We get to consider why we are on this planet and what we can do to make it better. We get to charge up our batteries of hope, kindness, and gentleness (among other things) so that we can sustain our week in the world with all the hassles and difficult people and situations we encounter. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Maybe you should give it a go, we don’t bite!
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another…” Hebrews 10:25