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It’s hard for me to remember a busier time in my personal and ministry life than the time I’m in right now. Today’s my 14th wedding anniversary, but I had to come into the office early to get ready for a special staff meeting. Yesterday, I spent 2 hours in a meeting that only served to create a dozen new deadlines for me and my team.

I’ll need to work late tonight because I took some time off last week to be a chaperone for my son’s 2nd grade class trip (for some highlights, check out my current post in SJH message board). Unfortunately, by chaperoning his trip, I was forced to miss out on my daughter’s school play. Most of our junior high small groups have wrapped up for the school year, but I’ve somehow managed to allow mine to stretch out for a few extra weeks (that must be because my 7th grade guys are begging me to extend our exegetical study of Habakkuk!)

I could go on and on, and I have a hunch you could as well! My Pastor, Rick Warren, likes to say, “He who burns the candle at both ends isn’t as bright as he thinks he is.” Right now, it feels like my candle is burning on both ends and in the middle! When I mentioned to the Simply Youth Ministry team that I was going to write this month about ‘doing nothing’, they laughed out loud at me. I realize I’m not the poster-child for balanced living but I’m re-committing to giving it my best effort. Maybe you should, too.

All of us are busy, and most of us are busy doing really good things. As we head into summer, I would suggest that it’s a good time for all of us to evaluate how we spend our time, what we allow as priorities and the pace we’ve set for our lives. When’s the last time you slept in on a Saturday? When’s the last time you and your spouse watched an old movie on T.V.? Have you gone for a bike-ride with your kids lately? Can you remember the last time you actually wasted a day?

I think it’s time for me to get busy; and it may be for you as well. Time for us to get busy doing nothing!

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