Yesterday, after a long day working on this website, tweaking things, learning tons about various aspects of “the business”, I paused to wonder what on earth I would write in the upcoming “Monday Meditation” post.
For a few weeks now, I have been asking myself every week what the main lesson is that I can take away from it and decided that the category “Meditating” would be a good place to record those lessons I learn and share them with you, in the hope that some of them will be helpful for you too.
Usually, I read a lot in the Bible (Proverbs mostly – they are my favourite) and I also enjoy reading a devotional or another spiritual book (really enjoying The Secret of The Singing Heart at the moment, by Charles Wesley Naylor).
But these past days, I must confess, I have absolutely neglected it. I just had one thing in mind: this website.
I didn’t forget God or anything like that, but I didn’t make time for Him and I didn’t make time for myself.
I’m sure many people can relate to this.
We are so busy with our plans, schedules and whatever else we might have on our plates, that we often keep postponing this time alone “until we have time”. Sure enough, that time never comes, because there is always something that can be done.
I am here to tell you – and me – that this is enough.
Work will never run away from you. But time does every second. A second is here one second and then it’s gone. Maybe we have the wrong notion of time. Maybe we think that because time flies away we have to chase it with as much activity and productivity as we can pack into it.
But this is honestly just stepping into the hamster’s wheel.
I have noticed that whenever I step into this, I start running around like a headless chicken, I get stressed out about the smallest things, I am impatient and get nasty with the people closest to me who are dearest to me and I have no rest inside. More often than not, essential things around the house are neglected, including myself.
However, as soon as I just pull the brakes and get out of this mad roller-coaster, everything slows down. Somehow, time is still ticking away at the same pace, but it’s like everything goes by more slowly. I seem to have more time, I seem to achieve more, even by doing less, even by taking the time to sit down and do absolutely nothing, or taking the time for personal devotion, or for reading, or exercising…
Isn’t that weird?
So, I encourage you – me – to step off the hamster’s wheel, SCHEDULE some time for yourself, where you can recharge your batteries. You cannot keep giving if you’re not receiving first.
The essence of being a teacher is to share. We share our time, our knowledge, our expertise. More often than not, we share our life, heart and experiences too. This is valid for a lot of other professions. However, all this sharing can seriously drain you out if you don’t take the time to fill up your own tank regularly.
If you love to share and give, make the time to receive from a Greater Source first. Consider this act of receiving as something that will become a gift of added value for the next people you meet.
Just a verse to close this Monday thought:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Have a blessed week everyone,