“It’s easy to get lost in the blurred lines between life, work and your life’s work.” – Osisye
I honestly don’t know what to say. Hmm. Well, I guess hello is a good a place to start. 🙂 I trust that your first half of the year has been GOOD. It’s been an interesting one for me. I was talking to my friend Lenna the other day and she said that this year is a year of surprises. I agreed (agree) with her fully. There have been so many surprises for me this year – the good, the wonderful, the “bleh” and the not-so-good.
How has 2016 been for you?
From sometime around March until very recently, most of what I dreamed, thought and talked about was work. How much work I had to do and how tired I was. I bet my friends grew tired of asking how I was because the answer was always “tired”. But I was genuinely tired. From the inside out.
I’m grateful to God for the wise people He has surrounded me with. My mom, Tope and others kept reminding me that no matter how busy I was, I shouldn’t be too busy for God. That the reason I was so tired, so “out of it” was because I was not investing enough into my spiritual well-being. I heard them but I kept telling myself that I’d work on my relationship with God “tomorrow” or “once I meet this deadline” or “after things ease up a little at work”. On and on it went. Sure enough, I soon starting cracking. I made huge mistakes at work. Almost all my relationships were strained. The fabulous memory I used to pride myself on became a faint memory, and I was just SO TIRED!
Then came a flash of clarity, and I saw what the problem was. I couldn’t remember the last time I spent proper one on one time with God. All I cared about was work and trying to keep up and as a result I neglected my life’s work. I now understand afresh that if I am to succeed in life then my priorities need to be clear. God first. Always. Because when God comes first, He causes all other things to fall into place.
Now, don’t get me wrong, God wants us to be diligent employees. He expects us to work at our jobs as though we are rendering service to HIM. But we shouldn’t allow anything to compromise our relationship with God or our ultimate purpose in life – which is to glorify Him.
Also, no matter how busy one gets, it is crucial to take time out. To rest body, soul and mind. I read something the other day and it struck – “you cannot pour from an empty cup.”
Thank you for reading! Please leave a comment and share how you go about prioritising and putting first things first.