It seems like we are always on the move lately. Our calendar has been almost laughable for the last three months between work trips for and with my husband, activities and parties for my little girl, weddings, trips to visit friends and family, and obligations we are all committed to. Even now, I'm squeezing in five minutes to do this post in between entertaining my munchkin, cleaning up the house and getting ready for today's outings to celebrate the upcoming arrival of a new baby with a good friend. But today is a "down day" for us. There are only a couple of things on the agenda that just have to get done and I'm going to soak up every second of it.
I love our busy calendar, because it represents all the amazing opportunities we have to enjoy life. Opportunities to volunteer to lead Bible studies and counsel with people going through difficult times, to invest ourselves in friendships - new and old - and celebrate life along with those we love, to visit family members that we don't get to see enough, to travel and make memories as a family, to give myself fully to being a mom and a wife to my two favorite people in the whole world. I love the intentionally busy lives we live because it's part of us following God's calling for our life. But it can be draining if we're not careful to plan in some rest for ourselves. And that is exactly what keeps us from being effective at living out our calling. Drowning in the busyness keeps us from having the loving, compassionate, sensitive heart that we need to be the hands and feet of God in our world.
So as we begin this 31 Day Five Minute Challenge along with Kate Motaung, I'm starting a challenge of my own. It's a 1 hour a day challenge to just be still. One hour a day for me to just center myself again with time to rest, time in the Word (and not as part of preparation for teaching something but just for me), time with my husband. Time for me to be refreshed so that I can focus on seeing and hearing from God and living in His glory during all the other busy times.