Ever since I moved into my house on Pine Street I have been trying to re-establish some habits that fell off the radar during my transition from Virginia to North Carolina. I delight in the morning to go in the yard to water plants, pinch off the deadheads, and encourage them to make through one more day of hot weather. Now that I have a dog, I have returned to another morning custom; exercise. Exercise and healthier meals have been the things I have missed most. These two items do the things that my doctors want me to do and what I need them to do; prepare me for the day, mentally and physically.
I try to follow a spiritual wellness wheel that is divided in to five categories; social/interpersonal, emotional, physical, financial, vocational, and intellectual wellbeing. At the center of the wheel is my baptism where I remember my promise to be open to the work of God in my life so that I may be a new creation in Him. In other words, a better servant.
Sometimes I feel selfish for wanting time to go to the gym or prepare better foods. I realize that the external pressures of our fast-paced society close in on me with non-stop list of responsibilities often smothering my resolve or more likely giving me an excuse to “forget”. Do you ever have that experience?
God’s desire for us is always what is best; God calls us in baptism to wholeness. In this we find permission to do the necessary self-care that enables us to serve God in all that we do.
Barbara Brown Taylor has written an essay on “The Practice of Saying No”. The focus is on Sabbath keeping and also examining the things we do while asking ourselves “does this give me life”?
Multitasking is something most of us are proud of. The cult of busyness is something that is exhausting us spiritually, physically, and mentally. We are a society that loves to say "yes" to everything because that means we're busy. And if we're busy, we must be important, right? Most of us find it easier (and better) to do five things at once than to take two hours to do nothing or to focus on one thing that serves God.
As we transition into a new program year with various calls to faithful service. Let us be the body of Christ working together in the ministries that we are called to undertake. Through Christ we are important. We are God’s precious children. As Ephesians 4:12 reminds us “we are equipped for the work of ministry, for the building of the body of Christ.”