A good friend of mine and I were talking recently at a baby shower about what is going on in our lives. It was a quick catch up since we last saw one another. She told me that she didn’t want to tell me she had been really busy lately, though that was true, because she has been feeling convicted about using that term as if it was a badge of honor or something to gloat about. I instantly pictured people walking around with flashing LED name tags that pulsed in red lights “busy! busy! busy!”.
I’ve been compelled by similar thoughts lately too and tried to change my language when I’m sharing with a friend what is going on in our lives. I think it is accurate to say that life is full! Meaning it moves quickly but there is a manageability to the pace. I am frequently reminded that the season of life where there are school-age kiddos in it involves a lot of moving pieces.
The same is true for us right now-life is full and we have a monster-sized project we are working on that is taking up the margin we are used to experiencing. This high-priority thing has necessitated that normal things get moved closer to the back burner of daily life. “Mom! I don’t have any clean jeans!” Whoops….laundry.
So while the usual daily life things get moved and rearranged, while margin is more scarce than usual and while the house feels chaotic with all that shifting, I knew that today I needed to do a hard stop. It is time for a Monday Reset.
Reset. Refresh and Renew.
I know I’ve mentioned that little Monday Mantra I chant before. (https://quietgardens.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/reset-refresh-renew/) It takes different shapes at different points in my life. But today I needed a catch up day at home. My hands are busy with the work at hand, my head is full of lists but my heart was languishing behind a little. As I folded those clean jeans for my children, I was reminded of Philippians 4:8-9 …”Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me-everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”
My heart was languishing behind because my head was in the wrong place. So I set aside the laundry for a moment and opened my Bible to Philippians 4. The preceding verses were just what my heart and head needed. 4:4-7 “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again-rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
Each day is full with shifting pieces. I’m so grateful for the pointed reminder today of how to get all those things within me organized and moving forward in peace and gratefulness and joy. Not fake happiness or some sense of frantic rushing. I will gladly throw that aside in exchange for true peace in Jesus.