I always think that once Easter is over, things will slow down in the church for a while, and every year I am wrong. There is always more to do, more meetings, more activities, more ministries, more, more, more.
Now, being busy is good - it is the sign of a healthy church and it shows how much God is doing through the many people here. The problem I run into is balance. Trying to balance everything that is going on with my own spiritual and physical health. As many of you know, I am a boarderline workaholic, so I have to be very careful not to overextend myself and make the time I need to rest and spend time in prayer and devotions.
And the way the world is today, I think many of us fall into this category. We always get so busy with activities we are running to that we need the time to slow down. God talks about this as well - it is one of the reasons that he created the sabbath. We need that down time. We need to rest and enjoy the beauty of creation. We need to recharge our batteries and stop running through life so that we can enjoy life.
Balance is the key - and sometimes balance takes work. It takes work to take time away from work. It takes work to make time with God. It takes work to slow down because it is too easy to get caught up in the river of life.
So I am going to try to pracitice what I preach - to make more time with family and friends. To take time to enjoy everything that I have been blessed with. I still have a lot of activities to do here, and I love doing them, but if I am rested then the activities seem to go smoother and I enjoy them all the more.
So my prayer today is that you will make the time to slow down and enjoy everything you have been given. Call a friend or family member you haven't talked to in awhile. Take you child out for a walk. Spend time playing with the cat or dog. Celebrate your life, for you have been blessed, and we all need to celebrate these blessings.