I had a billboard moment this week. Just when I needed some direction, I got it. This time I was sitting at church (but for all you non-religious types--rest assured you can have a billboard moment outside of church).
The message I heard related to my to-do list. As a SAHM with four girls under eight, my to-do-list looks pretty similar from day to day and it looks that way seven days a week. It's a pretty endless list. There is ALWAYS something to clean. If I wanted to, I could keep myself busy (very busy) from the time I turn the covers down to the time I pull them up again.
The message that I heard was this:
Cross one thing off your to-do list. Simple. I can do that and more!
Without actually doing it. Wait... What?
Here comes the billboard moment: Make a conscious decision to rest and don't feel guilty about making it and taking it.
In a race with no finish line: I would collapse if I kept cleaning until my house was home magazine perfect. I would probably run us into debt trying to keep up with the latest and greatest. I would be frantic trying to keep up with every activity the girls ever wanted to try.
Where does it say we have to work all day, every day, without a break? I can think of examples that direct us against that thinking. Most notably, that after the sixth day of creation, God rested.
Why do I feel so guilty about taking a rest? Part of it might be due to my current job and the way that I perceive that some people view the work of a Stay-at-home-mom: My time is my own. I can rest whenever I like. I don't have a boss breathing down my neck. (True. But also not True. Let me know if I need to elaborate.)
I've taken a good hard look at my to-do list. For every six things I need to do, I have crossed off the seventh and its place I wrote the word: REST. The peace that will be gained from doing this will far outweigh the cost of having an extra load of laundry on the pile.
I challenge you to do the same.