Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Fishbowl Effect

I am blessed to call myself the daughter of a Lutheran school teacher. I grew up coloring during choir practice and doing my homework while my mom graded papers at school. I have been privileged to have 16 years of Lutheran school training and have spent over 5 years teaching in the LCMS. However, this experience has also lead me to realize some very important boundaries about life.

As time goes along, lines sometimes tend to blur. We develop friendships within the church. We get busy with work, and we take it home. We have that quick conversation at church about something that needs to be ready for Monday. While it can be a wonderful thing that a church has a family-like feel, this can lead to some pretty unhealthy habits. It is important to protect the personal, professional, and spiritual lives of a church worker. Business should be done in the business setting. Personal lives should not be invaded without permission. Worship is not a place where business should be conducted

The Lord has some great thoughts on the importance of rest:

And He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while." For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. Mark 6:31

But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray. Luke 15:16

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. Mark 1:35

After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone. Matthew 14:23

How do you protect your time as a servant of the Lord?