Our lives have strange rhythms. For instance, my family goes from having nothing going on to me being gone every weekend, in school, and in and out of meetings throughout the week. This rhythm is tough on us at times. We get used to a settled pace (nearly unemployed) to a "we barely see each other in passing." I am the first to admit that this is not the best, but this is reality.
This raises the question, "If you know this is not best, then why do you do it?" Well, to answer this hypothetical question, the reason is that we are striving to fulfill a calling on our lives. The problem is not with the calling, the problem is with our intentionality in seeking to fulfill our calling and maintain health in other aspects of our lives. However, this is easier said than done.
I know for a fact that we are not alone in this struggle. While most people have more normal life rhythms than us, they are still inundated with work, school, family, church, hobbies, etc. The question that we should be asking ourselves are, "Is what I am doing right now consistent with the vision of my family?" and "Am I pursuing this calling in a way that honors God and cultivates intimacy with Him, my family, and my community?" These may seem like easy questions on the surface, but are quite haunting, convicting, and compelling when contemplated for some time.
It is about this time that someone might throw in the good 'ol, "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" (Psalm 46:10). However, am I the only one that sees the application of this verse as, "SLAM ON THE BRAKES!!!" Perhaps we are too busy. Perhaps we think we are too important. Perhaps we need to be reminded that the exaltation of our life needs to be focused on exalting God, and not our own status.