"There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence . . . [and that is] activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence."
I am learning the importance of saying no to good things. I am learning how to schedule in life-giving activities. The Sabbath has become the most important part of my week (by the way, I love that God even requires animals and land to have Sabbath's of sorts in the Hebrew Bible...nothing was created to go nonstop). I pray that I can model a balanced life for my son. I pray that I can help the students in my ministry learn that there is more to life than getting into a good school so they can make a lot of money. I hope that I can sit still long enough to feel the breeze, to breathe deeply, to laugh and cry with my loved ones, and to hear the voice of God.