“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Imagine your life as a small boat floating in an open sea with no land in sight. You have crammed everything in your life into this vessel. Suddenly, a small raft with food and water comes floating by that you desperately need, but you have no room for it. Instinctively, you grab something not knowing what it is and toss it overboard. One problem, in your haste, you threw your radio overboard and now you’re stranded.
Regardless of age or profession, our life is maximized with busyness. We only have so much room and when it’s full, it’s full! Often, we find ourselves ready to jump off that raft ourselves. Divorce, suicide, depression and anxiety are all results of Activity Overload.
Have you ever found your boat sinking with Activity Overload? Of course you have! Satan will often convince you that your church or spouse is the problem. If you’re not careful, Satan will convince you to take the most extreme option. Leaving your church, quitting on your spouse or even changing jobs are not going to change your problem. More money isn’t the answer either. You may ask, “Is there help for Activity Overload?”
- Find sanctuary in Christ. “Come unto me all ye that are heavy laden”
You cannot give God your burden until you get to Him. Search out the One who is searching for you before you start your day.
- Find simplicity in Christ “I will give you rest”
Variety is the spice of life, but monotony brings home the groceries. Simplify by prioritizing. Limit your running around. Mom, you’re not a taxi, limit your kids to either one sport or instrument at a time. Dad, find hobbies that include your family.
- Find seclusion in Christ
Know when to shut the farm down. Jesus went to the seashore or the mountains. What do you do? Oh, you don’t have time. Remember that boat? Well, it’s leaking, so you better make time!
When you fly, the attendant says, in case of emergency, to put on your oxygen mask before assisting others. If you pass out, due to lack of oxygen, you help no one and you both may possibly die! Get your mask on! Get to Christ for rest, and help others later.
Am I making time with Jesus a priority? What needs to change to keep me from “Activity Overload?”