I am caught in a constant struggle with the old saying, "Body in motion, stays in motion." I can't be unbusy. I'm not sure if all the times I fell and bumped my head as a child may have knocked something loose up there or if there's something else going on. Yesterday began a week of vacation for me. Seven days of being away from phone calls, office work, worship planning, counseling, problem solving, putting out fires, and yard work seems like a time of restful bliss. It would be if you weren't Randy Hughes.
What most people would use as time to lay in the sun, or sprawl on a beach, maybe lounge on a porch reading a book is something I use to be active. Weird, I know. If I were to try to do nothing I'm sure my head would explode. For instance, I sat on a deserted porch yesterday for about 45 minutes and nearly lost my mind. I actually had to concentrate on doing nothing. Imagine the little gerbil inside my head looking at the exercise wheel and then at the little couch. Such a conflict! So, I packed a backpack of food, grabbed my walking stick, and headed out onto a mountain trail. Talk about restful, battery charging, soul centering time!!
Maybe I can't stay still for very long, but I can feel great blessing in an active life. Each one of us needs to find that purpose in life that charges our batteries and restores our soul. If knitting baby hats like my friend Judy does your soul good, then do it. If running ultra marathons like my colleague Doug keeps you sane then do it. For me, I need to be busy tinkering, strategizing, planning, running, or hiking. Weird, I know.
The beauty of this is in a God who created us and didn't cookie cutter humanity into little predictable robots walking in unison. Ha. Ha, that would have been 'thee' most boring thing. Our God is not boring nor is God mundane. Each one of us has special God given gifts.
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy
and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern
of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve
what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you:
Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in
accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many
members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one
body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace
given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him
serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the
needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy,
let him do it cheerfully. (Romans 12:1-8, NIV)
Take a moment to answer this question.
"What is one thing you do that really gets you excited and charges your batteries?" Teaching? Wrenching on a car? Cooking?
Maybe you have more than one thing. Excellent!
Whatever it is you do that makes your life meaningful, then offer that one thing to God as an offering and see if you can't employ your 'thing' into bringing people closer to Jesus Christ. Hmmm, maybe I should be a hiking guide in the Rockies....