Time is like a slippery bar of soap; an elusive butterfly; a breeze that whisks away a paper you dropped on the ground. Time doesn’t wait or stop so you can catch up. Time keeps pressing forward. It stretches far behind you and even farther in front of you.
We have all been given a certain amount of time to choose what we are going to do with. CHOOSE. CHOOSE!! There is so much we want to do yet the moments slip into hours and days and years like that slippery bar of soap.
I am in what most would call my “seasoned” years. I ask you to learn from me; from my mistakes; my experiences. I have a strong work ethic and an “I love my work” personality. Combine those and you get a real firecracker. I used to work circles around everyone else. I got to work early, stayed late, and took work home with me. I was addicted to accomplishment and could never quite seem to accomplish enough. More…led to more…led to more.
A few years ago I knew God was asking me to make different choices. He was asking me NOT to work so much. I kept saying, “After next week.” “Once this project is complete.” Well we all know next week turns into months…and years. One project leads to another and another and…. Then my body stopped. It came to a screeching halt. I had depleted important hormones and my adrenal glands could no longer control the regulation of my cortisol causing my body to shut down. I couldn’t think, process, make decisions, or be around people.
We were not built to work constantly…or to play endlessly…or to sleep all the time. They are all precious gifts that must cooperate with each other and give the wonderful joy each has to give. Follow these guidelines and make a healthy shift today!
- If you are a workaholic – or have trouble with oversleeping or fiddle your day away – then take time to examine these areas and allow each one to have it’s part of your day. If you work all the time, God will slow you down with an illness, accident, or tragedy that makes you put everything you thought was so important aside.
- Mandate a “quit work” time each day. Andy Stanley of North Point Church in Atlanta does this. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback church does this. Even Presidents know the importance of it. It’s so so hard if you are a workaholic so you must force yourself.
- Work during the time to work. Even with work at home – designate a certain amount of time to work there too. Then stop when it’s time.
- Rest, not just at night, but take time out during the day as well. Every 90 minutes take a break and walk outside, get a snack, talk to someone you enjoy, or read a few pages in a book.
- And don’t forget play. Most successful people will tell you they work hard and they play hard. They work when it’s time to work and they have several things they love to do just for fun.
It’s your choice. Choose. Choose to manage your time in a way that when you are in your “seasoned” years you can look back and say, “Life has been so good.”