2.10.2006

...to the point of exhaustion.

It seems like life is never going to slow down at this point! I keep telling myself “once Leah gets on a schedule” or “once I get a few more things done at work” that my life will at least come down a notch or two. Not yet.

Instead, it seems like I have more to do but miraculously I also have more energy to accomplish it. For example, I am now managing a larger workload, becoming a dad, and taking on more responsibility with the youth ministry again. It’s amazing how you can find energy when you need it. Especially when it is for ministry purposes…

There is the worry of this all screeching to a halt soon though. I am afraid that I will eventually just hit a wall and need to go into hibernation for a few days just to recover. I’m sure there are ways of protecting myself from driving to the point of exhaustion. I’m just not sure I want to scale back my life just to be more comfortable.

I think the only area I really can scale back is in my “entertainment” area which would include TV and videogames. On the other hand though, those are a form of release for me and I don’t know if that would actually help. There is something rewarding about playing just a few minutes of videogames each night. The amount I play has certainly come down, but as of right now I don’t really miss it. I would much rather be holding Leah than a controller most times.

With all that said, I am hoping for a restful weekend. I might do a little bit of work around the house, but nothing major. I would like to do some plaster work in the hall way and TV room, but that is probably all I will do. Just a couple of hours on Saturday afternoon. Other than that, I’m hoping to just take it easy and enjoy my family.

4 comments:

Jeanne said...

Then may it be so.

Jeanne said...

The may it be so.

joshuamichael said...

Yeah man...I go through that same delemia in my mind as well regarding entertainment. I know it is healthier to have less of it, yet it can be such a down time. I think the real answer is making our downtime prayer. However, that is a disipline that is much more difficult than sitting in front of a screen. However, I find that when I do it, (especially quiet relective prayer) I feel recharged.

Tim said...

Man, if you need to, cut ministry down to nothing until life permits you to pick it up again. Your family comes first, you come second. If you don't first take care of yourself, you'll be no good to others. The entertainment areas, such as TV and video games, are legitimate things that help you relax. If you burn-out, you'll be no good for anyone, so take care of yourself first. There will always be more ministry later. Life is all about boundaries. Set your boundaries and stick to 'em.