I seem to have been doing a lot of driving recently and on one of those journeys met a delightful couple from Lisvane at a friend’s wedding. (Isn’t it fascinating that sometimes you travel 5 hours to meet someone who lives just around the corner?!) Anyway back to the story. After travelling for what seemed like forever (even I was asking … are we nearly there yet?) We came across this sign … ‘Tiredness kills … take a break.’ Good advice we thought so we took a break. I think this is true for life too. ‘Tiredness kills’ but how many of us feel we can actually take a break?
We live in an age when everything happens so fast. Have you thought how crazy things have become? If you look at the average itinerary of a young family today it’s no wonder so many mums are tired. Apart from the school run and the million and one other jobs in between, there’s dropping off at piano; gymnastics; swimming; etc., etc., I don’t think life has ever been this hectic. There is now a Web site dedicated to tired people. Apparently at any given time, 1 in every 10 people feels tired and women feel tired more than men. I smiled at the advice it gives to avoid tiredness … ‘Try and plan your day and your week. Try to make sure that you don’t have any really hectic, tiring days. Organise it so that you do a little every day.’ What a lovely world that sounds, isn’t it a pity we don’t live in it! Having said that, isn’t it true that we sometimes miss out on life by squeezing too much into it? From time to time I read the poem, Slow Dance, to try and help me regain balance.
Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask ‘how are you?’ do you hear the reply? When the day is done do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? You’d better slow down don’t dance so fast. Time is short. The music won’t last. … When you run so fast to get somewhere you miss half the fun of getting there. When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift thrown away. Life is not a race. Do take it slower hear the music before the song is over.
Let me finish by sharing an invitation from Jesus, found in Matthew’s gospel. “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me, watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Time to put the kettle on!