Corrie ten Boom once said that if the devil can’t make you sin, he’ll make you busy.
I often quoted something similar myself. ‘The enemy is happy for you to be so busy, even doing God’s work, that you burn out.’ Get to burn out and he has won. You are now no good for anyone.
Tell me where in the Word of God you read, ‘Then Jesus rushed to the need.’ Or, ‘Then Jesus ran to the next town because He told everyone, “Hey I only have three and a half years to do this gig!”‘ Nowhere, right! You find Him resting, getting away with His Father to pray, and even when urgent needs came His way, waiting. From that position, miracles took place, lessons were taught, revelation was revealed and His prophetic voice was proclaimed.
Why then do we think we can do any different to get the best results, believing self-care will take care of itself? Self-care is just that. Caring for self. If we are not healthy body, soul and spirit, how can we pour out to others in a healthy balanced way?
Rushing or busying very often doesn’t equate to fruitfulness. We get pulled in every direction because of need, and then we become overwhelmed or worn out. We do this, not because we want to wear ourselves out, but because we care about others so much. We want to be selfless, so we go the extra mile. I am not saying we don’t do things beyond ourselves, but the question is, ‘Are you pouring out of a full or empty vessel?’
If you don’t plan your time, your time will plan you. If you don’t care for yourself, everything else will take a piece of you until you have nothing left to give, or you try and do it from the bottom of your barrel.
There is a better way. Walk the rhythms of life that Jesus models.
‘Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.’ Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
Challenge to you today?
Take time to become aware of what is depleting you. Take stock of your day, week, month, and then if necessary, rearrange it to move forward from a fully loaded vessel. Plan your schedule. Don’t let it plan you. Put your priorities in place and work from there. Make appointments with yourself to fuel you. Don’t put it off. I will say that one again. Don’t put it off.
Trust God in your journey.