Happy Tuesday, Reader Friends!
Are you ready for an awesome guest? I have had the pleasure of meeting Erin as we live in the same state and both belong to ACFW Virginia chapter. She’s an awesome person so it’s my pleasure to turn over my blog to her this Takeover Tuesday. Grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and chat with her!
Hi everyone! Thanks for hosting me today, Toni.
Life is so busy in our society today, isn’t it? We’re running to and fro. The kids have a ton of sports and activities. We’re signed up for every school event and church function. It’s a constant stream of movement. And work. And exhaustion. What is driving this manic race for our children to do the most and accomplish everything possible? Are we on a roller coaster we cannot get off? Let’s think about this for a minute and ask a few questions. How is this affecting our kids in the long-term? Should we be so busy? What does God say about it?
Society judges every single aspect of our lives. And it’s no different when we talk about the level of activity with our children. Why? Because we want our kids to have the best life. Don’t they have to do the most activities to ensure their chances of success? Don’t they need to stay busy to learn important lessons like working together, finishing what they start, and doing their best at all times? What we aren’t taking into account is how this crazy pace is going to affect them in the future. Are we creating a pattern of extreme stress in our kids’ futures because we set them up to do so much now, which will make them continue the pattern through adulthood? Are we possibly opening them up to psychological exhaustion and long-term depression?
The Bible has a lot to say about being too busy. Here are just a few verses that speak on this very issue:
Mark 6:31 And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
In reference to the end times- Dan. 12: 4b Many shall run to and fro…
Ps. 46:10 Be still and know that I am God…
Rom. 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
It’s pretty simple. God does not want us to be so busy that we hurt our bodies and minds. We need to slow down. We need to stop the over activity. God wants us to have peace and rest. He wants us to be discerning. It is our job to train up our children in how they should go. That means we have to show them how to discern good and bad activity levels. They need a break every day like we do. Consider cutting some of their extra-curricular activities and see what peace and health they have because of it.
In what ways can you cut down on activities to ensure a healthier lifestyle?
About the Author
Erin Unger was raised in the hills of Virginia, exploring abandoned houses and reading the scariest books she could find. After marrying so young it would make a great romance novel, she has enjoyed an exciting life with her hubby. But her fast-paced life sometimes rivals the suspense in her books thanks to all her mostly grown children and a couple grandkids. Her novel, Desolate Paths, released January 11, 2019.
About the Book
When rehab is Brooke Hollen’s only chance at redemption, she runs straight to it. But can she survive the serial killer who hides amongst the damaged and healing? And can she trust Kyle Reston, another rehab resident, who wants to take her under his wing? Or is he responsible for the residents who keep disappearing?