“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.” ~ Genesis 2:2
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33
I’ve had an ongoing conversation this week with a friend about creating good work boundaries when one works from home. My tendency is to work every second I have available – even on weekends – and not give myself adequate time to rest. I justify it by saying that me being productive in the evening is better than sitting around and doing nothing, but as my friend pointed out, that usually just leads to burn out.
My argument for her today was that if I rest, I just realize how tired I am. So obviously I should just keep going, running myself ragged, so I think that I am at the top of my game.
Don’t worry – she pointed out how flawed my logic is on this one.
In reality, the title of this blog post says it all. Even if I am doing everything humanly possible, it won’t ever be enough. I can’t do it all – and I really can’t do it all on my own. God set the example for us – He rested. And Jesus reminds us in John that He has already overcome the world. So why am I working myself into a frazzle to conquer the world when God is telling me to take a break because He’s already taken care of it?
I think that question is one that I need to post all over my house in big letters. God wants me to set healthy limits for myself, so that I can be a good friend, sister, daughter, and most importantly, mother. And that means limiting what I can accomplish during the 24 hours I have in each day, so that I can give my best to what I am doing.