I struggle with taking breaks. I struggle with relaxing. I struggle with taking time off when there is so much that still needs to be done. And if I do take a break and/or relax, I then struggle with feeling guilty. I know I’m not the only one with this mindset. But knowing that I am not alone is not enough to completely remove the anxiety. So mornings like this one are good for me, despite my very real struggle yesterday with whether or not I could “give up” the time to attend a breakfast with friends. I went, enjoyed the fellowship, enjoyed the food and left with a very thankful heart.Today reminded me three truths that I already know but still need to remember often as I continue to navigate how I spend my time.
1. God created us for fellowship. Being with people is important and it’s ministry. Our fellowship and conversations can build us up, encourage us and give us strength. We are stronger when we share each other’s joys and burdens.
2. Face to face relationships are important. As much as I am thankful for social media when I am far away, I need to take advantage of the time I do have with people now. This in person time is precious.
3. Rest encourages productivity. We can only do so much. We only have so much time. And we all know that burning the candle at both ends only lasts for so long. I need to be recharged and for me, that means time with people. These times of rest allow me to work better and push through when I need to.
It’s nice to slow down every once in awhile and remember simple truths. This morning that was done at a table surrounded by new and old friends sharing a meal and stories of God’s faithfulness. “God is Great. God is Good. & We Thank Him For This Food. Amen”