RESTING IN HIM - Candice Myers
As it generally does for moms with school aged children, summer ended like the last yards of swimming the English Channel, only for us to have to take a big giant breath and dive back in to do it all again. Impossible. It sometimes feels impossible. And it probably is. At least for us, as humans.
We can feel like we are running on empty, or bored with the routine of it all, or even disconnected from the people that we know we are called to. While there is a sliver of truth in the way we “feel”, there is a larger truth that we can uncover when we rest in HIM. Please don’t misunderstand my use of the word “rest” here - - it’s not the kind of rest where we are kicking back, relaxing, and regenerating. That kind of rest is critical to our well-being, and as women, we must make it a priority to do that, even amid the busyness - - it’s vital to your health –spiritually, emotionally, physically, and mentally - - so it must become a priority. That kind of rest looks different for each of us, depending on our personalities and preferences. For some of us, it’s about “doing” something. For others, it’s about “not doing”. Either way, we should spend enough time thinking about who we are as individuals to understand what we need to lead the healthiest, most fulfilling lives – the kind of abundant lives that are available to us as daughters of the King.
There is, however, another kind of “resting in Him”- - the kind that is possible even when we are running 100 miles per hour….the kind we can find in the middle of a crazy busy season….the kind that requires complete dependence on the Father, and a submission to Him as our ultimate authority. A few reminders:
1. There is only so much you can do.
2. Our children belong to the Father – they are His to protect and provide for. Our responsibility in this is obedience to Him.
3. The relationships we are blessed with are far more important than any “goals” we have – pay attention to them.
4. You have everything you need to do everything you need to do.
In his book “Stretch”, Scott Sonenshein delves into the philosophy that people and organizations approach resources in two different ways – “chasing” and “stretching” - - When chasing, we exhaust ourselves in the pursuit of more. When stretching, we embrace the resources we already have. This frees us to find creative and productive ways to solve problems, innovate, and engage our work and lives more fully. When it comes to our families, momma, are we chasing or stretching? Are we running hard and fast after the next thing and the next thing? Or are we looking at what’s already there, considering the unique qualities of our individual lives and families, and finding ways to create deep and rich experiences? My work family has heard me refer to it as “managing from the top, rather than underneath” - - we must get up above the circumstances of the crazy and look around. Recognize what is critical and set a plan in motion to take care of what must be accomplished to reach the big goals - - ignore the rest, or at least set it on the backburner. If you’re like me, you’ll have things that sit on the backburner so long that they become irrelevant. Today is what we have. Breathe deep, trust the One who made you, and dive in!
Sky Ranch Vice President of Sales and Marketing