I’ve been pretty stressed lately. Lot’s going on for our family. Lot’s going on at Church.
Life is full. Too full.
Just like any family, we have a lot going on. We have kids in baseball and track and we have kids with special diets and lots of homework. We have a teenager, a pre teen and two who think their teenagers. For the first time in years, my wife is working again. She was a full time stay at home mom, but now she works for our church 25 hours a week (unpaid) and our family has adjusted to that.
Just like any Pastor, my week is insanely full. I take my work home. I’m constantly thinking about my messages, the people who haven’t been to Thrive in awhile, our church finances, are we an accepting church, future hires, spouses who don’t know Jesus, the upgrades we need, fundraising, who we can help, who we can’t help, our staff, our staff families, upcoming outreach events and the list goes on and on.
And, when I get too busy…I take my eyes off Jesus. It’s that simple. I’m not proud of that.
My morning quiet time is replaced with hustle or sleeping in or something else.
My prayer walks go away or are less frequent.
My reading of the books I love (typically about spiritual formation) is replaced with Yahoo news.
My patience goes out the window.
My eating habits go from bad to even worse.
I hug my wife and kids less.
Again, I’m not proud of any of this. But, it’s amazing how easy it is to slip into this mode.
But, I can’t let my life stay in this mode! And, the only solution I know of is…
I just want–Need–long for more of Jesus.
So, I’m going to keep my eyes focused on Jesus. I’m going to make sure to pay attention to my life when it starts to get too full and I’m going to do everything I possibly can to protect my soul.
I just want more of Jesus in my life.