SIMPLIFY YOUR SCHEDULE

Out-of-Control Busy

How did our schedules get so crazy?  We run from one thing to the next, trying to catch our breath when we can. Often, we are not even sure why we are doing what we are doing. We don't have time to slow down to evaluate, so we just keep running. I'm always hit hard by the words of Isaiah,

 
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: β€˜In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.’
— Isaiah 30:15
 

There have been times when I've been too stubborn or too proud to slow down and do what God says: repent, rest, be quiet, and trust. It's so easy to follow our own agendas (or somebody else's) and not be willing to evaluate and make changes where necessary. I used to be a habitual doer, feeling like I needed to be productive all the time. It was my way of trying to earn my right to exist.

Slowing Down

But when I slow down, I am able to hear God's wisdom for my day, my week, and my life. What does Jesus say to us in Matthew 11?

 
Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
— Matthew 11:28-30
 

Take Time to Simply BE

Although we'd like to think our life is our own and we are in control, the truth is that we find our life in God. He is the vine and we are the branches. We can do NOTHING (of eternal significance) apart from Him.

We need time to BE...

  • time to be still
  • time to be with Jesus
  • time to be restored and refreshed
  • time to hear His voice and get to know His heart for us
  • time to relax
  • time to play and enjoy life!

He says, "Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10). Be still! Have you ever had to emphasize that to a young child who is squirming and won't settle down? "Be still!"

What Do Our Lives Communicate?

And remember that others (including our children) look to us to learn about this Jesus that we follow. What do they learn as they watch us live out our lives? Do they see Jesus as a tough task-master? Demanding? Never satisfied? Always pushing? Or do they see Jesus as the Good Shepherd who leads us beside still waters, who refreshes our souls? Our actions speak louder than our words. Our lives speak louder than our lessons.

Can you find some time to think through all that you do, all that you schedule, and determine what you might be able to let go? Does your schedule reflect what is most important to you?