I sat on my back porch yesterday morning and listened to the rain gently falling. The quiet and the coolness were such a welcome relief from the heat wave we've been having. It was such a nice break from the stress of life, a break from insurance quotes and mortgages and laundry and bickering kids and messy rooms and projects that never seem to get done.
Later I enjoyed lunch with a friend and our whole gang stayed up until 1:AM reveling in the company of another family. As I went to bed, the same thought came to me. What a nice break.
But what if I'm looking at it all wrong? What if it's the other way around? What if the stresses of this world are the real "break"? Am I letting the BUSINESS of life break me away from the JOYS of my life? My existence does not consist of tasks and bills and appointments. Why do I let it be defined that way?
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10)
It's a good trick, don't you think? The devil's got us all thinking backwards. I know it will take some practice, but today I'm going to view the good things in life as my life. The "breaks" will be the things that stress me out and I'll try not to take too many of those. I want to ENJOY my life.