Friday, June 06, 2008

Too busy.....take time.....

Lately, it seems like there has been something written in every one of my little daily calendar boxes that is keeping me busy. Not always productive, but busy. Some by necessity, some by choice. In my head, I think it makes me feel important to look and feel busy.

However, it is amazing how perspective on time and busy can change when given a worse choice.

Example, I've been having some problems with my neck. I've had to find time for dr. appts., x-ray, and an MRI (THANK GOD for insurance!). I was then given the choice of physical therapy, pain shots or a visit to another dr. I kept thinking, I don't have time for therapy. BUT when faced with pain shots or surgery, suddenly physical therapy didn't sound so bad. So I'm taking time for therapy appointments. I'm also finding that some of my previous choices have caused my current problem. I slouch and have pretty poor posture. So, part of therapy is teaching me to sit and stand correctly.

I used to say I'd make time for things that would come up. I finally realized I can't MAKE time. We all get the same 24 hours in a day, approx. 30 days per month, 12 months a year. I now realize I TAKE time from one thing to give to another. If I take time to sit around and watch TV, other stuff piles up. This is an ongoing struggle for me.

I am a logical thinker. My head often tries to undermine my heart when it comes to God stuff. In my heart, I know God loves and cares about each minute of my day. My head tries to be logical, how can God be with everybody, everywhere?

So, I took great comfort in the prayer below. I hope and pray you do too. Paul wrote it to the Ephesians, but it could have been written to any of us.

Ephesians 3:14-21 (NIV) A Prayer for the Ephesians
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.