“Busy” describes the lives of most. “Hectic” or “pressured” probably does a better job of describing the lives of many. We are over-committed, over-booked, and over-obligated. We put demands on ourselves and demands on our children that very often do more harm than good. We are all doing this. We spend exorbitant amounts of time and energy in arenas that grant us little in return. Placing emphasis in areas of life that in the grand scheme of things possess little significance. Running full speed in a rapidly spinning hamster wheel and getting absolutely nowhere.

What is needed is a reprioritizing of what’s important. To sift through the things that comprises our lives and determines what’s important and what’s not. To determine what we’re investing our lives into that is really worthwhile and what it is that needs to be scaled back. Or completely cut out.

We can tell from the word of God that Jesus’ life was one of complexity and simplicity. It was a balanced life in every way. Does “balanced” describe our lives? If not, we need to decide how we can reprioritize in order to make our lives balanced. We can do this by looking at Jesus.

Jesus spent intentional time with God. He set aside a time that was designated to God. Mark 1:35, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.” When was the last time that you did that? Is it a part of your normal rhythm of life? When is the last time you removed yourself from the static of the world and just spent some time in communion with God? Seeking counsel from God. Refocusing upon those things in life which truly matter.

Spending time in prayer and in communion and in silence before God, and committing ourselves to a rhythm of life that intentionally facilitates balance and simplicity in a life filled with complexity, is such a Christ-like way to live. ~~ “Reeves’ Rhetoric, Tyler, Texas

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