By Leslie Wilson
Early summer brought non-stop action—attending graduation parties, serving as a counselor at high school church camp, working a trade show for our good friends, having a vacation-at-home with my family and a mission trip to the Rio Grande Valley. Just reading back through the list makes me tired!
Once I finished enjoying life to the fullest in all that non-stop activity, once I viewed those stretches of unusual, extra-demanding (though quite fun and worthwhile) events from the other side, I had time to pause and reflect on what each one meant. But even more importantly, I was able to appreciate simply being.
Rare for me, I admit.
Like many of you, I tend to jam-pack our schedules, rarely allowing for down time. Somehow, I equate inactivity with laziness, when, in truth, inactivity provides stillness. Stillness allows us precious, much-needed moments to reflect, rejuvenate and refocus. Stillness is key to thriving in life.
Reflect: When I find myself mired in the yuck—busy-ness, my perfectionistic tendencies, my inclination to compare myself to others—I crave time to quietly reflect. I long to recount blessings. I thank God for the valuable relationships in my life. I consider the beauty and wonder of creation.
Rejuvenate: It’s been said that even the Lord rested on the 7th day. But jokes (and clichés) aside, we forget the value in allowing ourselves enough time to just be. We all need to rest, relax, sleep, eat, read, pray and renew. Our bodies, minds and hearts demand it or they threaten to overload and shut down.
Refocus: The world presses in. It can be such a noisy, demanding, frustrating place. Take time on a regular basis to reexamine your priorities so that you can eliminate “clutter” from your life. Determine what’s really important, and do that.
If we make these R’s a priority, we bring honor the Lord by being our best—to serve him, to love others, to represent him to the world.… continue reading