Founder of Midlife Divorce Recovery, Suzy Brown, says, “I don’t know about you, but I have a problem. It’s the problem of always feeling too busy. Feeling rushed all of the time.” Can you relate? Read this short devotional and see what helpful truths await you today.
Too Much To Do?
“When we are frantic and feel particularly rushed, we can stop and ask ‘Rushing for what?’” From Plain and Simple Wisdom by Sue Bender
I don’t know about you, but I have a problem. It’s the problem of always feeling too busy. Feeling rushed all of the time. During life transitions, unexpected challenges, sickness, or in my case, divorce; we are sometimes suddenly inundated with all kinds of new stuff we are responsible for. It used to be that someone else took care of the car, or maybe the lawn, or paying the bills or something else. Now we have to do all those things on top of our regular daily work. Maybe our children or parents need special attention during a difficult situation. We might have to take care of all of our jobs and other peoples’ jobs, too. We might have to get back into the 9:00 – 5:00 workplace again because of financial struggles. I’ve decided that the unusual days are those where nothing upsets my schedule. Those days when I can check off everything I had on my “to do” list. I can’t remember the last day like that. One reason that I feel stretched thin is because I have so many people I love. I don’t want to wake up one day and think, “Why didn’t I let some of those unimportant things go, and spend more time with people I enjoy? My family, my friends, my neighbors, my spiritual sisters? Have you ever noticed that Jesus never seemed rushed and hurried? Even though he had to cram his life ministry into three short years, he never seemed rushed or like he had too much to do. There are all kinds of examples of him taking time to help someone who came into his life unexpectedly and wanted something from him that was an add-on to his agenda. We need to remind ourselves that we can only get so many things done in one day, and then choose wisely. We need to go about doing those things with a sense of joy and unhurried peace. We also need to learn to say, “No,” to things that are not that important.
Something else Jesus did regularly was to get away and get refreshed. He would go alone to pray. He would go away with a group of close friends. He would go to celebrations and holiday gatherings. He went on his own version of spiritual retreats. Maybe the best thing we can do in the midst of our busy schedule is to make time to be refreshed. Maybe we need to say “Yes,” to the Women Walking With God Conference, so that we can meet our daily obligations with a happier and more peaceful heart.
“Reverence for God will add hours to your day … “ Proverbs 10:27 Suzy Brown, Founder Midlife Divorce Recovery