I was minding my own business this morning, working on a sermon series, looking at PowerPoint, listening to music, and fielding and answering email when a little window popped up on my computer.
Your resources are dangerously low!
You should close open windows not in use.
Windows will adjust your virtual memory.
Okay, so I had 8 windows open. Shouldn't I be able to do whatever I want to do?
Your PC, like your life, can be adversely affected when you try to do too many things at a time. What generally happens when you are overloaded is that your stock of compassion, of optimism, of joy, and of hope wears away. You find yourself struggling to "be nice". You find it very difficult to listen as others share their struggles, all the while thinking "yeah, yeah, yeah...you just need to straighten up." The love of Christ that enables you to feel other's hurts and respond in love and kindness - your resource - is low.
What to do?
Well, if you cannot break away for a quick respite - say a breath prayer like "Lord, help me be like you right now."
Or take a five minute sabbatical from whatever it is you are doing. Yes, five minutes. No phone, no email, nada - five minutes alone with God. Just try it.
Let me ask you a question.
Are you busier than Jesus?
He had three years of ministry time, within which he healed the sick, raised the dead, gave sight to the blind, taught His disciples, sparred with the religious...
Yet despite Jesus' instructions, the report of his power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear him preach and to be healed of their diseases. 16But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer. Luke 5:15-16 NLT
and separated Himself regularly from all that to be alone with His Father.
When your resources run low, spend time with the Source.