February 28, 2011

Overwhelmed

Posted in Christianity at 7:51 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

Busy schedules plague our society. When we’re overburdened by a busy schedule, we don’t have enough time to devote to our families, our friends, and our Lord. Much of the time, the activities we engage in revolve around family and church, but we spend so much time running from one activity to another that we don’t actually have any time to spend with those who mean the most to us. We pick the kids up from one activity and then drop them off at the next with no time to connect in between. Church activities become rote and obligatory; we do them because we feel we have to or because we think it looks good to others, not because we love the Lord and want to demonstrate our love for him through these activities.

When our lives become so overwhelmed by compulsory activities that we no longer connect with those closest to us, it may be time to take a step back and reevaluate our priorities. This doesn’t mean that we need to eliminate all activities. But we should examine our schedules and decide which activities are most important, both as a family and individually. Church involvement is important, but not when it draws you away from God instead of toward him. It is possible to become so busy working for God that you lose sight of the one for whom you are doing the work. In this case, it is best to take a step back from some activities while you take time to renew your relationship with God. Because that is what he desires most: to have a relationship with each one of his children, which is then manifested in the desire we have to form relationships with each other. Don’t be afraid to say no to those activities that are taking you away from your families – and from God.

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