This fall has seemed like one of the busiest times of my life. Family, travels to see ministry partners, travels abroad, board meetings - it seems to never end and now the holiday season brings more activities.
All of this busyness has led me to take a step back and look at trends in my life. During a recent discussion with several of my friends, the subject of "life balance" came up. In being transparent, I admitted that recently, my life has been somewhat out of balance. A few weeks ago, I was somewhat humbled and reflective when my 19-year old son, Wesley, made a comment to me as I was going out of the door on a Saturday morning. He said, "Dad, you're not going to the office again this Saturday, are you?" I realized that I had been pulling too many 7 day work weeks lately at the office and everyone around me was taking notice.
Besides this schedule taking a toll on my family time, I thought about some of the "off the clock" activities that I enjoy were taking a toll as well. One of the most therapeutic activities I enjoy is woodworking. I love to build furniture. To me, it's not work, it's a time when I don't have to think about anything but the task in front of me. As I said, it's therapeutic. After completion of a piece, it is rewarding to sit back and look at what I have made. I understand what God was talking about when He made creation, sat back, and said, "It is good." It must be the same feeling.
Over the next few months, I am determined to get back to it. Shary has a list that's been waiting for me - a new kitchen table and chairs, bookshelves, and a new entertainment center for the living room.
It's important to have healthy "diversions." What activity is therapeutic to you that has nothing to do with your career? If you are in the same situation as me, I invite you to join me in getting back to it!