Posts Tagged "Balance"

Another Cup, Another Day

Another Cup, Another Day

Does your routine wake you up or wear you out? Whether you rise early or late, how you start your day affects the way it goes. Most of us have times that we look forward to, even if we admit that the best part is arriving home from work and relaxing in a favorite chair with a hot or cold drink of our preference. Few of us escape the boundaries that we create with the patterns in our lives. When I reflect on the habits I indulge in, I discover a mixture of things I find pleasure or benefit in. A few are stumbling blocks I succumb to when I’m weary or bored. Because I’m an early morning person, I relish beating the sun up and waking before it’s light outside. My pre-rising pattern has been consistent for years. Before I turn on the light, I say internally or aloud the familiar words, “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” That one thing helps set my heart and mind in a good place. Then I make coffee. Although at times I’ve chosen to forego it, coffee remains a morning ritual. I enjoy the pool of light my reading lamp makes, positioned so it shines over my shoulder onto my Bible or book I’m reading. I use a plain spiral notebook to jot down thoughts about pertinent passages. I even write down questions I have. Afterwards I go for a long walk in my neighborhood, continuing to think and pray about the day and people who are part of my life. I return and go to work. Another cup on another day represents the rhythm of my life. There’s richness in my ritual. How do you start your...

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A Cup of Rest

A Cup of Rest

Have you learned to pace yourself? Some of us need a lot of time to get going each day, tired before we start with an unending list of things to do. Others, like me, practically hop up in the morning, ready to go. Either way, the day stretches ahead for all of us, with places to go and activities to do. I love being involved with people, enjoy talking with others on the phone or in person, appreciating good humor and laughter, and relishing a novel or book that lifts me up inside and challenges me to keep on going. With that kind of outlook, it’s easy to over-commit to excellent opportunities for service and joy. “Come with us.” “Join me.” “Help with this.” These words are like magnets to me, lighting up my soul. Over time, too much coming, joining, and helping dead ends in weariness and the pressure of not finishing things I started. It takes a certain ongoing vigilance to say “no” to good opportunities, to decline an invitation to help others, or simply to go somewhere that’s fun. Experience has taught me to step back and make my inner life the one that both thrusts me forward and holds me back. Some responsibilities won’t go away. Family. Work. Church. And the list goes on. On the fast-paced road of life, we unconsciously look not simply for a stop sign, but for a rest sign. Over forty years ago mine showed up in the verse, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” With my soul at rest, I make better choices. Before we can live our days fully, we have to determine how we fill them. It’s worth the time to analyze commitments and reduce the excess. We can balance our choices. Where is your rest stop?...

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