Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.Hebrews 12:1-3
I have too much on my mind at the moment.
I’m managing six email addresses, with four employers and lots of bookings for teaching, speaking, devotions or articles.
I’m coaching or mentoring 17 people officially.
All of this is my fault: I said “yes.”
Most of the time I can juggle this, but for the last two days my head has been full, making it harder to think clearly, communicate effectively and make good decisions.
Here is my self-talk:
Breathe, slow down, be more deliberate.
Start with prayer, and prioritize spiritual rhythms of reading and self-examination.
Don’t give in to the mental whirl.
Ask God, then focus on the next thing to do.
Remember to treat people with compassion rather than rushing to the task.
Eat well, get exercise, and go to bed early.
Have time for re-creation.
Regain an illusion of control over your calendar.
Remember that God doesn’t expect from you more than you are spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically able to do.
Work with Jesus, for Jesus and through Jesus.
Think it Through
- Pause to do a self-check: is your mind whirling? Do you feel out of control? Are you anxious?
- Are there aspects of the self-talk that would be helpful for you?
Forgive us when we allow events and activities and demands to crowd out our health and wellbeing.
Forgive us particularly when we lose sight of you.
Remind us that we are not alone.
Help us to pause to refocus on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of our faith.
The one who shows us the way, and is the goal of our efforts, and enables us to continue in relationship with you.
Thank you that Jesus endured so much for our sake.
Help us to get Jesus-shaped and eternal perspective.
Help us to live and work to your praise and glory,
Kara Martin is the author of Workship: How to Use Your Work to Worship God, and Workship 2: How to Flourish at Work. She is also a lecturer with Mary Andrews College. Kara has worked in media and communications, human resources, business analysis and policy development roles, in a variety of organizations, and as a consultant. Kara has a particular passion for integrating our Christian faith and work, and helping churches connect with the workers in their congregations. She is currently conducting research on how to effectively equip workplace Christians to integrate their faith and work.