“Hurry is the great enemy of souls in our day.” ~ paraphrase of Dallas Willard
Have you taken the time to become less hurried recently? I actually did this a few weeks ago.
I had planned a weekend to reconnect with my reading – I have several books going at any given time – and it quickly filled up with projects that needed done around the house. But instead of getting frustrated at myself for not carving out the time I needed for the re-connecting, I was able to spend one great morning of that weekend in an extended reading session. As I took the time to re-connect also with God on a deeper level my soul felt refreshed and revived – almost like I knew I could face the challenges of the coming week because I took the time to recharge the batteries of my soul.
I once heard pastor Wayne Cordeiro, teach on this by using the illustration of a bucket that contains the energy we need to sustain ourselves. There are things we do that drain that bucket and things we do that refill that same bucket. The key is recognizing what drains your bucket as well as what fills your bucket and maintaining a healthy level in that bucket. And there is no shame if you discover that one of things that drains your bucket is the work you do.
So when you know you are about to embark on a potentially draining week or weeks, take the time, either before or quickly thereafter, to do those things that fill your bucket. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself attempting to do life with a depleted bucket! And that can cause more problems for you and those around you.
Take a few moments today and think about those things that really drain you. Write them down on a legal pad or your iPad in one column. Then think about and jot down those things that really fill your bucket.
Now try to look at your next week or two. Are they going to be draining or filling or a bit of both? What can you do to ensure that you can refill or prefill your bucket so that you’re not depleted? Will you do that?