I’m a notorius multi-tasker. It’s like a game to me to see how much I can cram into a day and how much I can do at one time.
This morning in my typical multi-tasking, I was blow drying my hair while reading from 2 Timothy. (I actually keep a Bible tucked in my bathroom cabinet next to my hairspray and face wash!) As I was finishing my reading (and hair drying) the bookmark that I have in my Bible got my attention. It’s a tiny piece of paper with notes from a Catalyst Conference that I attended several years ago. I don’t remember who the speaker was but they were challenging us about the frantic, hectic pace of our lives and how we now live in a society where we are always “on-line”, we are always accessible and that we need to be deliberate about taking the time to disconnect. Here’s what I wrote:
Cost to always be on-line:
lose passion for what I do
not able to invest in myself or those close to me
hopeless; depressed; not happy
Payoff of cutting the wire (to be able to shut down)
peace of mind
able to hear God’s direction
I needed this reminder today and I’m disappointed to say that I don’t think I do any better with this issue than I did 3 or 4 years ago at this conference – in fact I would say that I’ve gotten worse. Often times when I am overwhelmed the last thing that makes sense to me is to stop, disconnect and get away – I’ve got to work harder to get it all done.
Jesus got this. Not only are there plenty of examples in the gospels of Jesus taking time away to pray and regroup, but He encouraged his followers to do this too. Check out this passage:
“Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all the things, both what they had done and what they had taught. and He said to them, ‘Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.’ For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. So they departed to a deserted place in a boat by themselves.”
How do you disconnect?