Greetings to the faithful few that are still keeping up with the blog. I disappeared off of the radar screens for a few weeks with a flurry of activities and events that consumed my time and energy. In the past 4 or 5 weeks I have led a 1 week mission trip, began my spring soccer season, closed on our house in Florida, bought a house in Lebanon, Tennessee, moved all of our stuff out of storage, and moved from the house we were staying. Oh, and that is on top of my regular teaching load, writing curriculum, and grading notebooks and papers. Besides planning the summer mission trips and trying to sleep every now and then, that’s about it!
Now it is painting bedrooms, remodeling bathrooms, doing YARD WORK (my favorite…) and trying to get the heat and AC working. Thank goodness there is only 24 hours in a day because I don’t think I could handle any more. Tax forms, visa travel applications, MRI & PT scans, writing grant requests, scheduling flights, and doing fund raisers… it goes on and on. Can you sense the stress building??? Is it obvious yet?
We live in a fast paced society. Many of us, like me, have chosen to drive in the fast lane. And ALL of us need to learn one simple lesson…. Slow down and smell the coffee. (Now, I don’t drink coffee but the saying still gets the point across). In all of our hustle and bustle, we race past the things that are the most important of all. God. Relationships. Friendships. Peace. Tranquility. Rest. Meditation. I could go on but I am sure you get the point.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Are you excited about the summer trips? They are just around the corner! Just think, in just a few weeks we will have time to focus on the truly important, serving God and serving others. Taking a break from our daily grind to do work for the Master. For me, that is what Matthew 11 is talking about. When I get my focus right, things just seem to flow better. Life gets simpler. And even the aches and pains of the day leave you with the impression that it was all good.
Have a blessed day. And if you get a chance, smell some coffee for me.