A few years ago I found myself over committed, stressed out, burnt out and tired out. I felt the burn out coming on for awhile but I didn’t know what to do. Well, I did know what to do, it was time to drop some extra curricular activities, but what? Pretty much everything we had going on were good Christian activities: leading youth, leading Bible Study, VBS each summer, volunteering with immigrants, and various other church and outreach activities.
It wasn’t until one day that it hit me. I was sitting in my van (yes, I drive a mini van), after checking out yet another youth group that I was thinking of volunteering with, and I realized that in order to come help out and be a light to these children I was needing to leave my own child in the care of someone else. And that just seemed wrong.
(Not that I am saying it’s bad to get a babysitter or anything like that (parents need days off too!)
but at this point I was so over involved that I found that Raeca was spending
too much time with others and not enough time with me and vise versa)
It was at that point that I decided to start dropping some activities. To be honest; I felt bad about it. I felt guilty, and like I needed to make up some really good excuses as to why I couldn’t help out anymore. But do you know what?
It was worth it.
Are you in that over committed, burnt out boat right now? If you are, I know what you are going through.
I was just talking about my own activities, if I factor in all the things that Jared is/was a part of and things like Raeca’s ballet and swimming and various other activities it adds up really fast.
I think a huge part of our stress these days is self induced as a result of over committing ourselves.
In the hugely popular book Love Does Bob Goff explains that he quits something every Thursday. Sometimes it’s little things and other weeks it’s big things.
I’m not going to make this post too long today. The truth is, all our lives look so different, you know which areas are stressing you out or those times when it is so hard for you to say no to people. You know the changes that need to take place in your life .
Today is a new day, a Thursday, what could you quit today?