Do you often feel that you are racing around like a chicken with its head cut off? – going round and round and round but never getting there? Our lives are so busy with work, family commitments, church, email… and if there is a space in your life you fill it with ….answering email.

Lent is a good time for self-reflection, re-looking at what is important to you, are you making time for those things?

Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Here are a few questions for inner reflection:

First – ask yourself what you really love doing. What gives you energy, what reduces your stress? Is it spending time with the kids, hiking, reading, whatever it is, write it down.

Second – ask yourself how you are spending your time. Write down the hours you spend working, shopping, surfing the internet, whatever it is. How much time are you spending on what you really love?

Thirdly – look at what you can give up – what commitments are not really so important, what can you do to reorganise your life to free up time . Can you give up some of your commitments ? Will that organisation really fold if you are not still on the committee? Just how much time do you really spend on the internet??

And fourthly – ask yourself: are you so busy with the work of the Lord , that you are forgetting the Lord of the work?

Rachel Mash


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