Monday, August 16, 2010

Too much of a good thing

My family just got home from a week long Caribbean cruise. We've cruised several times and love it! There are tons of activities, games, contests, shows and of course food.

The last two nights on board my husband Greg and I decided to partake in one of our favorite foods...sushi. It was very tasty and we quickly snarfed down several pieces before dinner. By the time we arrived at dinner we were already feeling pretty satisfied so nothing on the menu sounded very good. We went ahead and ordered, ate again and went about our evening. The second night of having sushi before dinner I noticed that not only was I not very hungry for dinner, I didn't enjoy it very much when I was there. I picked at my food and didn't appreciate all the hard work that had gone into making it.

When we're inundated with appealing options, it's easy to overindulge! Whether it's tasty food or too many activities, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. On board we were presented with options – you could do as many or as little of the activities as you wanted. You could have as much or as little of the food as you wanted. It was all about options and the decision was entirely yours.

This is true in the 'real world' as well. Now is the time of year when kiddos head back to school and their schedules start filling up. You can do as much or as little of those activities as you want. It is still all about options and the decision is still entirely yours. How many sports are your kids going to play? Are they going to participate in church youth group? Will they still have time to spend with friends? Will you?...

In the midst of all the activities during our cruise, I found the hardest thing to do was have time to myself. I wanted to be with my friends and family. I wanted to participate in all the fun stuff. But I rarely took time to be alone and commune with God. Sure, I thanked Him for all the opportunities and the beautiful things I saw but I didn't just take time alone with Him.

As you create your schedule for the upcoming fall, consider not overindulging. Fewer options and 'have tos' will allow you to savor those experiences. Allowing each family member to have some down time built into every week will refresh and rejuvenate them and truly enjoy the things they are involved in instead of simply running on all cylinders.

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

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