This is a piggy back to two blogs back in April of this year – – Busy and Father Time Laughs. Last April, God showed me that He didn’t ask me to be busy. I felt challenged to work on my state of mind that was constantly racing time and tasks. This truth was a personal revelation to me. It also was a relief for the time clock, or rather time bomb, ticking in my mind.
I really have enjoyed the last six months. The initial changes I set up for myself and the process of moving in a new direction felt like they made sense. In an odd way, email was one of the practical ways I began changing. On the one hand, I spent about an hour a day working on my inbox. This was absolutely necessary as I needed to rule out the majority of the possibility that I missed a task, reply or important invitation. So much of my work depends on timeliness and good practice. The potential unknown (at work) is a source of stress or worry for me . . . streaming into my personal life. Now that my email is current, deleting, filing and assigning tasks daily has made a great difference in my life.
On the other hand, I also used email to keep me in the head space I was seeking. I chose a few devotionals or calls to prayer that are emailed to me daily. I committed to reading them within a short time after they came in. That means that two or three times a day, I am thinking about spiritual things and others. When I read, I don’t browse or speed read. I read slowly, take in the spiritual thought and answer any study questions or calls to action right then. As I allow the process, my mind is slowing down. I am able to give more in the way of quality and substance to the tasks that are part of my entire day – – I think because of this practice.
As the mind slows down. Something happens. It has been sort of an evolution for me. When you slow down, more is able to come into your mind. For me, it has been more in the way of God’s calling. I think He has more deeply carved out in me a care and concern for His causes and for His calling globally.
Six months ago, I didn’t have room in my mind or time in my life to step any deeper into some things. Now I can see that there is a wide open door to walk through. That doesn’t happen without God. I thank Him that He is endless, patient, kind and King. I thank Him that when we let Him in to try something new, He does just that.