Saturday, May 06, 2006
Ever Feel Like This?
Solomon warned us that it is not wise to burn the candle at both ends (yet we do). For two weekends in a row I traveled to the Edmonton area. We drove to Camrose to visit Suzanne and Thomas at Easter. Then the next weekend I had a funeral in Thorhild. Last weekend was quite busy because I decided to seed our lawn that weekend and it happend to be spring cleaning day for Sexsmith. So I hauled three loads of jusk and garbage to the big bins and two loads of old dirt (from landscaping) to a house being back filled. That was in between seeding and wattering the lawn.
All this week I've been busy watering the newly planted lawn before and after my 9 to 10 hour work days. Still made it to two meetings Tuesday evening and Prayer Meeting on Wednesday. Today I spent the better part of the day fixing lights at the church (I'm the "Facilities Manager," a fancy title for maintenance man!)between waterings.
I'm not complaining. I realize most people are over busy these days, and many are much busier than me. In fact Colleen put in a 13+ hour day this week, and the rest were hectic for her too. It's our boom economy up here as much as anything. I'm sure I was busier when I was pastoring, yet it seems I'm working harder now (awe but with less stress!).
However I am reminded of Solomon's words: "In vain you rise up early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat..." (Psalm 127:2 NIV) On my bus trip I read Phil Callaway's book "Who Put My Life on Fast Forward." He gives some tips on how to slow down and enjoy life. In a nut shell, get back to proper priorities instead of chasing the elusive Dollar.
So what do I do?
Religeously do two things on Sundays: morning church and afternoon snooze.
Have a snoose at work after lunch (usually in the truck but sometimes on the office couch--there is photographic evidence).
Try to make it to Prayer Meeting.
Resign from being church maintenance guy: effective the end of June.
Don't fuss that the house renovations are on hold for the moment.
Catch up on the home books (only six months behind) but not all at once!
Take time for God (and the Bible) each day.
What do you do? What else should I do? I'd love to hear what you have to say!
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