Are you busy with purposeful things or busy with busyness? Are you feeling drained? If you are feeling drained and not refreshed after your work, you may be busy with busyness. Remember, good people are very, very tired doing good things.
Don’t wait to hit the wall based on a fast start life. Ensure that your natural gifts – personal charisma, mental brightness, emotional strength, and organizational ability that got you through the door – are backed up by spiritual depth, discipline, and intentionality. In other words, don’t be a flash in the pan, be a person of rich, spiritual quality.
If you are feeling drained or exhausted by life, renovate it. Build an orderly life from the inside out by asking the tough questions, confronting the beliefs and principles that are toxic and destructive, and listening to the Voice who has better things for us.
Our public worlds are filled with a seemingly infinity of demands upon our time, our loyalty, our money, and our energies. But there is a private world in each of us. Our inner world is the center where our choices and values are determined, and where solitude and reflection can be pursued. It is a place for conducting worship and confession. It is a place where moral and spiritual pollution should not penetrate. Thus, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde, be the captain of your own soul.
One way to be your own soul captain is to journal, journal, and journal. Even something as simple as a small spiral notebook can be your journal. Your journal is a place to have a dialogue with yourself. Write your feelings, your questions, your conclusions, and any mysteries that intrigue you. Events and their larger meaning can be recorded for later contemplation. Scriptures and prayers can be written so that they will not be forgotten. Journals help us unclog our soul. If you don’t journal, start one today.
CITE: Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald