Come Apart… Or You’ll Come Apart
The day-to-day life in ministry and work can get a little overwhelming at times. Whether you are a ministry leader, a marketplace leader; whether you're in education; whether you're in sales; whether you're a stay-at-home mom or dad, just the day-to-day routine can get to be a little bit much at times.
I'm writing today from a conference in California where I am ministering to a lot of great kidmin leaders and preschool teachers. I'm just reminded that no matter what you do it is imperative that you take some time to get away, reflect, think on the good things that are happening, the dreams that you have, and the adjustments that you need to make; it is essential.
It's been said that you need to come apart, or you'll come apart. I'm afraid that in the busyness of our lives we just don't give ourselves enough time to get away, to think, to dream, and to create because we live in survival mode, and I understand it. I, just like you, have a family. I have ministry responsibilities; I have a job.
We try to keep these 22 balls that we have in the air at one time; we try to spin all of these plates. They are all important plates to spin; they are all important balls. When we live in survival mode, just trying to get by, just trying to survive today and get through tomorrow. Survive through next Sunday. What happens is we don't step back and really renew our spirit, refresh our soul, or just have time to just hear from the Lord.
Here's my challenge for you today: I want you to really think about your schedule. I want you to really think about your calendar. I want you to really think about the things that you have going on in your life, and how much time you are taking just to come apart, just to think, just to dream, and just to reflect on all that God is doing for you in your life. How much time are you spending in the areas where he's challenging you and wanting you to grow? How about in the new things that he has for you? Maybe you can't get away to a conference like this for several days, but maybe you can take an extra hour on your lunch break. Maybe you can leave work an hour or two earlier, wake up a little bit earlier; maybe you can take a day off; maybe it's time to just dedicate some time in your schedule to listen to some new podcast; to read some new books; to make some new friends; to take a drive; to take a walk in the woods, just to have some time to allow the Lord to speak to you.
Now, I'm all for being busy. I'm all for working hard, and I'm all for hustling. I'm all for doing everything you can to make the biggest impact you can, but you never want to do that at the expense of what really matters the most. If you aren't careful, you'll go-go-go-go-go only to find yourself burning out one day, only to find yourself exhausted, or only to look back and think, “Man, I've been going hard, but what have I done.”
There's a principle in the scripture; it's called the Sabbath principle. The idea is that you need to take some time, and you need to rest. Now the purpose of this talk is not to teach you on the Sabbath, but there is definitely a Sabbath principle in the Bible. If God took a day to rest, then you and I need to take a day to rest. We need some time to pause, to reflect, to give thanks, and allow the Lord to speak and minister to our hearts.
If we don't own it, if we don't choose it, it's going to happen. I am going to get away. Even if it's just for an hour, even if it's just for one day, I'm going to do it, and it's going to be a priority in my life. If we don't choose to do that, no one else will. Friends, I want the best for you. I'm so grateful; I want you to live an amazing life to make a big impact in your community, in your family, in your ministry, and in whatever you do. However, I'm committed to this, friends; listen, if you are going to make it to the end, you’ve got to make sure that you take some time, renew your spirit, and refresh your soul. You have some time to think, to dream, and be around people that are going to help you get better.
Your #1 fan,