"Even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself."
~ Galatians 4: 14
Have you ever reached a point in your life that you are simply too busy to give any type of support to others?
There was a time that I literally scheduled myself to the point that I had to look at the calendar to decide when I would eat and sleep.
Being available to and for others is important, but remembering to schedule time for self must always be a priority.
If not, then the presence you provide to those things scheduled will not totally be beneficial because you are not able to be completely present because you become too concerned with what's next, and how much time you have to give.
When we are completely present, we are then able to fully give of ourselves.
Spending even a small amount of time with someone when we are totally present is greater than spending a great deal of time if we are consumed by the world.
Just a reminder of how important our presence, not time, is to others when we are fully engaged and present.
Dear God, help me to remember to say "Amen" before I say "Yes" to others.
May I continue to seek time to be with You each day. Amen.
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.