Our spaces can get crowded very easily. Especially internal ones.
With so much cramming to invade the door marked ‘attention’, it’s easy to forget that the inner world we carry with us everywhere we go was never intended to be the thoroughfare it has become.
I am a go-get kind of guy, and spend a lot of energy encouraging others to act and make awesome stuff, especially books, blogs and other ways to share their worth with the world, but I’m also aware that the consumption machine is unrelenting and never-satisfied.
It’s easy to end up on a hamster wheel never feeling content with either what you have or what you give out. There’s always more.
As Solomon pointed out:
“…the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.” (Ecclesiastes 1:8 KJV)
One devilish ploy is to tire you out, keep you always straining for the next thing, and never stopping to savour and enjoy what you already have. Celebrate how far you have come. Luxuriate in your already blessed existence.
There are natural times and seasons for everything.
A Punctuated Life
My good friend, David Hoffbrand, speak often about a punctuated lifestyle. I love his free series about Sabbath living (https://sabbath.love) and I for sure need to be reminded again and again that my life does not consist just of the things I do, make, accumulate or spend.
Seasons like the end of a year offer opportunity to stop and think. To reflect on your why, what has worked and what has not, and plan intentionally for what’s around the corner.
It really does take energy to forge your path, but the energy and fortitude to do it flows from rest. It is nurtured not in activity but a lack of it. Those moments that we stop and consider carefully the direction and trajectory we are taking.
Take time over the next few weeks for yourself, and give yourself permission to lay aside the constant activity and drivenness.
Invite God the Holy Spirit into your space, ask Him what needs to be brushed out, and what to leave, what to bring, and what to drop.
In your conversations He will surely help you see the path before you in a clearer, cleaner light and the steps you need to move in a direction that nurtures your soul.