Photo by Lorri Nussbaum

Photo by Lorri Nussbaum

I’m in a busy phase. Really busy.

It’s all good, but it’s a lot. I find myself having to make choices among activities that normally I would say were all important to me, some because they contribute to making a living and some because they contribute to living my life well. In a few places, the two descriptions overlap, and that’s a happy place.

And then there are the things that just need to be done—at least once in a while. You know, buying food. Cooking food. Paying the bills. Cleaning the kitchen floor when you can no longer glimpse its original color.

I admit that last entry is fading fast from the list.

I don’t want things to start slipping through the cracks because I acted as if I am not finite. I would rather make intentional choices about navigating my life in meaningful ways.

This is not the first time I’ve had an insane schedule and I’m sure it won’t be the last. But it is an opportunity to remind myself of living with grace—toward myself! I don’t have to do it all. And while I have obligations and I intend to meet them, I’m also going to remind myself that I am more valuable than anything I get done.

I hope you can take that reminder for yourself, too. Seasons of life can be challenging for various reasons—busyness, opportunity, loss, illness, relationships gone bad, financial pressure, parenthood, worthy goals, just to name a few. You can fill in the blank for what describes your life.

And then I hope you can step back in both body and spirit—because God created us as whole beings—and remember to take care of yourself through your season.

Grace and peace.