All Work & All Play

Lovebugs, how are ya! Ok, so I’m STILL getting use to this relaxing thing. I believe that God wants me to enjoy and live a balanced life but I know He still wants me to be disciplined. Over the years, I was stuck in go mode, where I felt like I just always had to be doing something. I believed that if I sat still too long, than I would be looked upon as lazy or slothful. But then I would be so tired and burned out from not taking a break and taking care of myself. So, I decided (with God’s help) that I would work on balancing my life by taking moments to relax. A while ago, He introduced me to the phrase “All Work, All Play”. I took that to mean that when it’s time to work, it’s all work but when it’s time to play, it’s all play. I said ok, I can try this! But let me say, it’s taking some getting used to. I have to fight off feelings of guilt and condemnation. I quote scriptures like John 10:10 (“the thief comes to steal, to kill and destroy but I have come so that you may have life and have it more abundantly.”) to reassure myself that I’m not doing anything wrong. I even have to coach myself into watching a little tv and chilling out. Now I know that there is a limit but I have to be careful not to beat myself up about just sitting still and doing nothing. I understand that in moments of relaxation you can refuel your tank but why do I feel so guilty about it? I truly believe that an abundant life is a well balanced life so I’m changing my habits to support what I believe. Since I feel pretty confident about the Work side of my life, I’m concentrating on building and maintaining the Play side. And who knows, in a few months I could have this balance thing under control! Stay tuned! Ames

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