“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’” ~ Mark 6:31
I learned something about myself today. Well, actually, I think I’ve been learning it for the past year. Being a single parent (who works, albeit from home) has taught me that there are a lot of choices that must be weighed carefully. I can’t say yes to everything. I can’t participate in everything I might want to do. Deadlines need to be given thought and consideration – what I might have been able to accomplish in two days might now take me three.
I’ve also learned that I need to be really consistent about my sleep habits.
As a single person (or even a married-without-kids person), I could run a day on little or no sleep, without having too great an impact on the people around me. And I could always count on weekends to catch up. However, if I don’t get enough sleep now, I can barely keep up with my little boy, let alone have the patience to feed an almost one-year-old who thinks it’s funny to spit out his food, pick it up and then eat it again (so gross, I know).
I mentioned yesterday that I went to a symphony concert last night. It was a wonderful experience, but it resulted in a very late evening for me. Unfortunately, today is Monday, and I had to be up and ready to leave the house at 6:40 am, driving to school to teach drama at 7 am sharp.
Needless to say, there weren’t quite enough hours in between for me. I have officially reached the point in my adult life where I can no longer burn the candle at both ends.
And I think that’s a good thing for me to realize. I need to work hard to maintain balance in my life, so that I can do my best for my son, for my job and for myself. If I’m running at a frenetic pace all the time, I’m no good to anyone – and certainly not glorifying God. In this verse from Mark, you see the example that Jesus is setting with His disciples, calling them to step away from their work and get rest. Too often, we’re tempted to try to do all and be all things for everyone, when that isn’t what we’re taught in Scripture. Jesus clearly sets the example that we need to take a break and take care of ourselves, in order to better care for others. Getting adequate rest and understanding that balance is important, so that we can have a stronger impact on the world for Him.