Go to work. Teach class after class. Talk to students. Discuss with colleagues.
Go home. Quickly eat something. Grade papers or prepare for the next classes.
Look at all the emails and feel slightly under pressure: When should I do all that?
Fall into bed exhausted.
That’s what my life was like in the last few weeks.
Busy, exhausting, draining.
There’s a routine and I have no choice but to run with it.
So I functioned, but I haven’t really lived.
No matter how long we’ve been on this faith journey, it’s very easy to fall into a routine. Pray.
Go to church.
Say the right things at the right time.
Stay away from all the wrong things and people.
Keep up the facade of the perfect little Christian.
We look good, we function, but we aren’t actually thriving.
I have come to give them life. Life in abundance.
That’s what I cling to in weeks of stress and exhaustion and dullness.
Yes, our lives should have some sort of security and regularity, but it should never pen us in.
There has to be a place where we can be ourselves.
There always has to be space for spontaneity and an element of surprise.
There should always be time to dream.
There should always be time to do nothing at all and rest for a while.
There must always be time to live, live to the fullest.
Writing for Five Minute Friday today.
6 thoughts on “Is This My Life?”
Amen! Visiting from the 45 spot this week.
Thank you, Tara!
As I read this I was taken back to teaching…sometimes it can all get so repetitive and monotonous, but each day in that classroom lives are being shaped and touched…even in the routine of it all don’t forget the higher purpose and calling!
That is true, it’s so easy to overlook it. Thanks for the reminder!
I love that verse from John of Jesus coming to bring us life. Yes! Great reminder in the too-busy times… Your neighbor at FMF #8