Like a long distance runner, we can see the finish line to meet new deadlines, but fail to recognize that each and every task that we commit ourselves to has its own separate finish line, time frame, and a deadline. We can be competing in a dozen time pressured, stress producing races at the very same time.
Very slowly, if we are not careful, our lives can become over committed and driven to complete a myriad of responsibilities and commitments. The demand of multitasking is a critical necessity in the business world today, however, a continuous life of multitasking, isn’t God’s will for our lives. It can be the certain pathway to complete mental, emotion, physical and spiritual burnout.
Not long ago I realized that on several separate occasions, I had either spoken to, sent texts, or e-mailed my co-workers, friends, and family the often using the acronym:
ASAP- As Soon As Possible. I was adding the phrase to my time pressurized responsibilities, “I will get back to you ASAP”, “Let me check on that and get an answer to you ASAP”, or “I will be home ASAP.” We can increasingly we find ourselves never on time, and always running late.
Withdrawal from relationships: Contact Avoidance
During a very intense, heavy workload period in my professional life, I came very close to complete and total burnout. Somehow, I had to slow down and get my life back in balance. I began to list the many tasks and responsibilities that were on my plate every day and as often happens, I discovered a pattern:
My life was slowly slipping away from me, while I was allowing myself to be a resource asset for those who had needs or requests for my help or professional advice. I was beginning to live the lives of others and was failing to live my own life.
Irregular Devotional Worship
“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you.” I Thessalonians 4:11
“That we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” I Timothy 2:2
Be Obedient - Ask God to lead you into Quietness
Take responsibility to take yourself in check and find a Quiet Place. No one else will stop your spinning world except the hospital or the morgue.
Spiritual maturity is measured by cultivating “a gentle and Quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.” I Peter 3:4