Tikkun America RESTORE Magazine Issue 7 Adar II | March 2022 - Page 7

The time that isn ’ t directed by an employer or family commitments is still God ’ s time . Are we spending our “ free time ” in a way that honors the Lord and furthers the mission of the
Gospel ?
Ephesians 5:15-17 ( TLV ) says ,
“ So pay close attention to how you walk — not as unwise people but as wise . Make the most of your time because the days are evil . For this reason do not be foolish , but understand what the Lord ’ s will is .”
For a moment , try to silence all the competing demands on your time , and then ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you how the Father wants you to invest your free time . God won ’ t ask you to run ragged until you burn yourself out . It may be challenging to get your schedule in order , but God provides confidence and shalom in the midst of His assignments every day . There will also be time for intentional revitalization and recreation .
People often give the excuse that they simply cannot find the time and energy to engage and serve . There are good reasons for sure . Young families with smaller children certainly have a lot on their hands . Then there may be school , graduate work , errands , managing the household or taking care of our pets . Thinking about it is exhausting . Even with modern technology that is supposed to make our lives easier , we are busier and more distracted than ever before .
Don ’ t get burned out . Burnout is often caused when our schedule comes into conflict with God ’ s priorities . We try to do what He has commanded and inspired us to do , while at the same time , we add additional stress by juggling all of the other things we want to do — hobbies , social media , fun events , video games , TV , and the list could go on and on .
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