Monday, November 14, 2005

Searching for rhythm

This morning I made plans to finish up some loose ends with Sacred, do some reading and thinking and try to recharge my batteries...Well, that is not going to happen, I got two phone calls from out-of-state investors...Now, this is a good thing for sure; but I know I need some time to connect with God...So, I'm currently thinking through rhythm, what does it look like, is their a right or wrong way to go about life, or better yet is their a better way? I have so many things I need to do, and so many things I want to do, but no time to do them all. This is why I think sleep is way overrated, it's a time waster for sure, but hey...God designed us to sleep for a reason right? So, even though I'm anti sleep, I know it's good for me...But, I wish I had more time, more time to work, more time to play, more time to pray and more time for productive rest. So, this gets me back to the question of rhythm and pace...Is their a productive way to cram more into life? My weakness is focus, these past few years I have had so much going on in my mind, I feel like I have not found a productive and healthy pace or balance. I think one of the biggest issues I faced as a pastor was unrest, always worried about how to pay the bills, where to live, how to grow a church, what school to put the kids into...It was never ending questions and few answers seemed to develop; and I had few people to discuss these issues with. I really was never at peace, risk is good, I love risk, life without risk is boring...But, when you take a risk, it seems that at some point the risk has to payoff, or else you have to move forward because the risk is too large and the upside too small. So, this goes back to pace, rhythm & peace. It's needed, you can find peace in the midst of chaos if need be, but you have to grab it...Jesus taught us so well the importance of peace, he would leave the wounded, inflicted, those desperate to touch Him, see him and be around him...But, as always, Jesus was teaching us the importance of rhythm and pace, as he would leave the chaos of life and retreat with close friends, or spend time praying. so, let me finish this post with this question; is your pace in life in-line with the teachings of Jesus? If not, maybe it's time to rethink how and why we do what we do. So, for the next hour, I'm going to stop blogging, turn off my cell phone, close the iBook and read a good book. What are you going to do?

3 comments:

jasen said...

i hear ya man....rhythm is hard to find - but we need it so bad....for me - i usually take friday mornings and start with going to the sacred space site and praying along with it - then reading and journaling - trying to help restore shalom in my life. it is one of my favorite times of the week.

i pray you are able to find that shalom and develop rhythm in your life and in your soul.

jason said...

definately something I struggle with but lately feel as though peace is settling in. i can honestly say peace or to use the word (and more accurate) jasen used, shaloam, is one of the most beautiful things i have ever come close to. granted, i think i know very little of its fullest, I beg for God to bring shaloam into our lives...

love and peace...

-j

jeff said...

i don't know what you guys are talking about, i never struggle with that... i must just be more spiritual than you guys... either that or God likes me better...