I had the opportunity to attend a Youth Specialties Team Training this past weekend. It was a great opportunity to spend some time with a few of the youth leaders from our church and to get challenged by some great leaders.
My my biggest take away from the weekend was the realization that I am way too busy. We often wear busyness as a badge of honor and for many years I have done that. It just doesn't feel right or like we are doing all we can if we are not busy. I've also felt for some time that if I wasn't busy with something I was wasting time. It's almost like free time isn't free at all, it comes with a dose of guilt because there has to be something else I should be doing. The analogy they gave this weekend was that when we constantly race around at full throttle in life there are two outcomes: A wreck or we run out of fuel.
At times I feel like I have experienced a little of both. Ha, and my response or way to cope was to DO SOMETHING ELSE!!! Crazy. Thankfully the YS Team Training was in Westerville, OH so it was just a few minutes from my house. While driving to it I passed the place pictured above. This is the Hoover Reservoir located in Westerville, OH. Over the years this place has been a place of refugee for me. I started running out here on the bike paths in 2009 and I dealt with a lot of stress and disappointments by these waters. There is just something calming about water to me. Miles of pavement, fresh air, and view of God's creation helped me run my way out of anxiety and stress.
As I drove by this place today I stopped and took this picture. I realized that it has been far too long since I have been out here, mostly because I'm too busy. It's time for that to change. The next few weeks I need to make some changes, it won't be easy but it must be done. Busyness isn't a badge I want to wear anymore. It's time to slow down, enjoy the journey, and find rest in the One who offers it.
Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.