What’s missing?

Do you have those days when you feel you haven’t achieved anything? Sometimes that’s because you’ve given yourself permission to be lazy; sometimes that’s because you haven’t been able to get motivated; sometimes that’s because the day took a different route and you didn’t achieve what you set out to do; sometimes that’s because you feel whatever you touched has turned to ashes.

People who have been working from home during lockdown are saying they’ve been working harder – longer days and not taking appropriate breaks. I know that’s true for me. Why do we find it so hard to have time out or take time off? What is it that drives that sense that we have to get things done for a day to be ‘successful’? Is it because we otherwise feel lazy or selfish? Is the thought of doing nothing in particular a scary one?

Jesus encouraged us to take time out and we know that he went off to think and pray and have time alone. If not today, find time to reflect on:

Do you give yourself time to rest?
What keeps you busy?
Does your brain race from one thing to another?

If we’re so focused on what we have to do and feel we have got to do, we can lose sight of who we are; who we’re alongside; who has come into our lives today; who we’ve not paid attention to because we were ‘too busy’.

Remember the words of the psalmist:

The Lord is my shepherd
I shall not want
He makes me lie down in green pastures (Psalm 23)

Published by Angie Allport

Methodist minister

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