Give: Love By The Spirit — Rejuvenate! Give Yourself Time

GIVE … by the Spirit™ Guest Contributor — Grace Ste. Croix

Rejuvenate! Give Yourself Time

© Grace Ste. Croix

February 15, 2011

As individuals with complex and exciting personalities, we find ourselves getting lost in a series of work, school, children, friends and families. As good people, we often give our whole selves to helping others; out of love for our families. After an exhausting days work, we can get lost, compromising ourselves for a quick break of a television show, and then quickly off to bed to recuperate some of the steam we lost through out the day. We love everyone in our life, but  something has got to change. Have you ever looked into the mirror at the beginning of your race against the clock and asked “who am I?”

In short, we all know that we cannot cut out most of the stresses of our lives. We are strong people, and must support our families. We cannot leave or downsize our jobs, as the economy is unstable. These two factors take up the majority of our days. So realistically what can we sacrifice to give ourselves just a little bit of time?

The first step is to teach our families and workplaces is that we are indeed human. Letting your children know that mom needs a half an hour just to relax or catch up on a good book, or to come for a walk will humanize you. Often, children view their parents as superhuman, and expect the most out of us. By letting children know that we do need just a tiny break, overtime they will learn to give us that simple hour to exercise downstairs or to at least just to let up our feet.

The second step is for work. With tight deadlines we must try to learn to organize our time to its maximum potential. If you have organized your tasks and still feel the burden of a manager giving you more, quickly put together a time calendar and show your boss a quick presentation of how your time is allotted. Tell your manager that you will complete all tasks as desired but sit down with him or her to negotiate achievable time sets. You would be surprised when your manager realizes, that you are indeed human, and secondly, very organized. You may find a positive surprise during raise time!

Let us reflect on this passage, and reflect that all of those around you do love and support you.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

Humanizing yourself to others is a key way to let them know that you need at least some time to yourself. If you treat yourself as super human, others will expect that type of work ethic. When you do not meet your own impossible standards, you will be thrown off of your pedestal very quickly.

Give yourself a well deserved break so you can let the love of the Spirit rejuvenate and guide you to be a more fulfilled person. Your family and friends deserve the best you, and with some extra “me time” for prayer and mediation, you can achieve that with the warm presence of God.

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One Response

  1. I love the theme going here. The importance of self-love and connection to and oneness with God’s love. Thank you for the inspiration!

    Tonya

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