Every day you have one or two “big-ticket items” that you must get done—you get that.
The danger that can suck the life right out of you is all the other things you’re trying to get done. I know, I fall for the same trap myself. Sometimes people would get the impression that we think we’re god, carrying the weight and responsibility of the world! 🙂
But then let’s look at God. Think about it…
On Day-1 of the creation week God made light. I’m no scientist, but I understand that light can be broken down into three primary colors (red, yellow, and blue).
Now God’s God, he could have created five primary colors or five hundred primary colors or five thousand primary colors, or…well you get the picture. But when He created light he created light to have three primary colors and…get this…He stopped.
The same is true for every other day. God could have keep tweaking, fiddling, adding, and creating until the cows came home (assuming they had already been created), but He taught us something: there comes a time to stop.
Every day includes a time to stop.
By all means, get the “big-ticket items” done (those things that would sink the ship if left undone).
But just because you feel like you have a million things to do today doesn’t mean the Laws of Physics have changed. You must still get your rest. You must still allow that “bear trap” mind of yours to relax. You must still feed your soul, relax, recharge, and enjoy the fruit of your labor (preferably with loved-ones).
So the ONE THING for today is: The word “stop” is not a dirty word; every day must have one.
Wisdom is knowing when, humility is admitting it, and discipline/courage is doing it.
Throw in the towel sometime today. The “washer” of rest and relaxation will give it back to you tomorrow: clean, folded, and ready for another day.
NOTE: Thanks C.D. for the “big-ticket” expression 🙂