(Orange, Texas)


May 4, 2013

I am just so busy

ORANGE — Do you know someone who pushes themselves? You know what I am talking about. It’s the person in your family or in your church or where you work that cannot be still. It’s the family member that organizes all the family gatherings. They have to be doing something all the time. They are wonderful folks to have around. We cannot do without them.

I am one of those folks that pushes himself.  I also hold high expectations of those around me to push themselves to give their best. You could say that I have a pet-peeve and it is the folks that just put in as little as they can, either they commit to something and they don’t show up or they do show up and do something so half hearted that it shows. (I am not talking of anyone specific) but we all know the sort of person of whom I am speaking.

Saturday was a good example.  One of our friends was going on the Walk to Emmaus retreat just north of Caldwell, Texas. Sandra and I volunteered to work in the kitchen from three until seven in the evening. Then I was asked to perform during the dinner, so I had to practice and take my costume for that. When I finished I had to change and get back in the kitchen. At eight we went to a worship service as part of the retreat but it didn’t get started until 8:30. That put us on the road at 9:30 for the four and a half hour drive home.  Just coming into Houston it began to rain softly but I am not a great driver at night in the rain, so I asked my wife to drive, which she did. But soon it became a deluge, with cars spinning out and hitting the guardrails. I had pushed myself and my wife too far. Thank God we were able to find a room at midnight.  

I am concerned that some of us get so busy and we push ourselves. One little scripture calls me back into focus, because we cannot do it all. I look at that scripture that calls me back to order and it is this: He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10.  

To stop and put everything into a clearer perspective begins with recognizing God. One way to do that, other than trying to do everything yourself, is to take time to worship.


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