Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” Mark 6:31 (NLT)
It took me three weeks to get back to my sewing machine. This is not good. Sewing is my therapy. It keeps me sane as I create something beautiful. I love being alone with my thoughts with Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and James Brown singing in the background. Ahh.
Sitting there in my happy zone, nagging thoughts kept popping into my head. “You need to send those cards you promised, and you need to return that phone call. You also need to throw a load of laundry into the wash so you have….” On and on the voice nagged. Finally I stopped long enough to say out loud so the devil and anybody else could hear, “You know what, there is NEVER going to be a time when there is not something else I need to do. I have let you talk me out of my fun time for three long weeks. I need this time every bit as much as those other tasks need getting done. I am tired of waiting for permission to have fun. I am taking the time for me right now!” It felt so good!
How long has it been since you made time for activities that refresh your spirit? Nobody likes a martyr and everyone else’s needs don’t have to come before yours all the time. Your refreshment needs to be a line item in your time budget. You are responsible to make sure it happens. Jesus had a full schedule healing and doing miracles, but He also took time to refresh Himself. Be like Jesus and rest. Do something that brings you joy and don’t let anyone, including yourself, talk you out of it.