Holiday's are very busy times when you have five children. On Easter the kids have to be up early enough for breakfast and to get ready for church before they scour the house for their Easter baskets and seven hidden eggs for each child. That might not seem like many eggs per child, but do the math, it comes out to 35 eggs and we don't have many rooms to hide them in!
After church we came home to finish preparations for lunch. My parents came over for lunch and Amanda's mom and three of her sister's came over from Ohio. It was a wonderful time of being with family and enjoying the company. My parents and one of Amanda's sisters, who drove herself, played Phase 10 past 9PM until I finally completed all 10 phases first!
Such a full day and then right back to work on Monday morning at the office. I was running a little slow since I didn't get my normal Sunday afternoon nap in. That little nap is my recharge of energy that gets drained from Sunday church service. It's a good drain, but a drain nonetheless. I have to be careful not to push to hard or allow my body to get too tired or I will begin to twitch.
Not many people have seen me in that state. If I don't get the rest that I need I will quickly hit a wall of exhaustion and then twitch rather uncontrollably. Amanda has seen it more than anyone. I will be sitting on my chair watching TV and will tell her that I need to bring the dog in and take care of the fire because my body is shutting down. My speech becomes quite sporadic and my arms, legs, head, mouth, you name it, twitches or convulses. It is rather annoying, and that is why I can't let myself get too tired. I know when that wall of exhaustion is coming and I know that I need to get rest quickly.
I look at all the areas where my life gets pulled and I have to make sure that I still take care of myself. I look at the kids and I know that I have to eat and sleep right in order to function for them. I am also sure that Amanda doesn't want my tank to run dry and leave her with all the responsibility either. She is typically understanding when I came home and tell her I need an hour nap. I just hit a wall and things will get worse and worse if I don't get rest. Our family has had to adjust.
I have to make sure I am rested enough to be an effective pastor too. How can I walk side by side with individuals leading them if I have no energy? We have to focus on ourselves in order to make sure we are as close to 100% in order to help others.
Time just goes by so quickly. I can't believe that their is less than eight weeks of school left until summer vacation for the kids. Weeks, months, and years come and go so quickly. Am I utilizing my time and energy effectively or am I in a continual state of dreariness? Life is a gift from God. The time we have on earth is a gift also.
I guess my point today is that you need to take care of yourself in order to take care of others. You're no good to your family, friends, employer, or church if you are just a busybody. I can get far more done in four hours if I am rested than what I can get accomplished in eight sleepy hours. Use your time wisely to take care of yourself and also to help take care of others.