July 31, 2013

The Speed of Life

Sometimes, how I live my life goes completely against what I believe. When that happens there are what I call, stress fractures in my emotions and in my relationships. I believe one of the greatest sources of stress in our lives is this collision between what we believe and how we actually live.

“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’” Luke 10:38-42

Our relationships are the most important and beautiful things in our lives. But, in our fast-paced, frenzied and hectic, overloaded lives our relationships get squeezed out. We get so busy moving at the speed of light that we stop living from our values and stop seeing the beauty in life. When we stop living from our values, our relationships suffer because they can’t move at the speed of light. We can’t rush them, they take time. They move at the speed of life. So, when we are racing at 100mph in life, our relationships go into a values vacuum and we freeze out the most important things. We basically put our relationships on ice and the very thing that brings us meaning and fulfillment becomes fragile.

We live our lives with expendable emotional energy. We can do things that really fill us up emotionally and restore our passion, or we can do other things that really drain us emotionally. It’s kind of like a balloon. The air inside a balloon fills up like our emotional tanks. If the way we’re spending our time doesn’t match our values, our emotions go into this values vacuum and drains us. We just shrivel up.

Some of you have nothing left to give. You’re facing burnout because your emotions have become like a shriveled up balloon. But the good news is God wants to restore you and expand your energy for life. He wants to bring you back just like that inflated balloon and restore your passion for life and love. He’s the only one who can do that. By living out your values God can restore you emotionally so you can return to living at the speed of life and choose the better things.