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A little slumber

How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.
Proverbs 6:9-11

For me it is difficult to hide it and so I dare to publicly confess it: I like the dolce far niente (‘sweet doing nothing’,) ie inactivity. But that does not mean I spend a lifetime doing nothing. In fact, thank God I have much work to do and to this activity I dedicate at least 40 hours per week. This, above all, to maintain balance between family and work, in addition to other activities which, according to the usually accurate view of my beautiful better half, I dedicate too much time. One knows when we are allowing the flesh to guide our steps and our agenda, so we must never ignore the warnings of God’s Holy Spirit who dwells within us alerting us to get back to work. We better listen to Him because He is our Counselor, in fact, he is the best counsel that can be found in the universe and beyond, if it were possible to live outside the universe. We also need to be clear that we can not spend the whole time as if we were in frantic activity very similar to the washing machine spin cycle. God created both work and rest and to maintain a balance between these two categories of activity is a demonstration that we have received God’s wisdom, that one that comes from above.

It is likely that in most activities you will find yourself at either end of the spectrum, whether you work hard or do nothing at all because you are “resting.” Towards which of the two extremes you lean? Neither extreme is good. The optimum level is to keep a stable balance between these two positions so we can live in an integral way. Seek, therefore, the center of balance and let’s keep it as long as possible. You will have a better quality of life and your family will thank you for it. Only to God be the glory!


Today’s word 3-5-2011

My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, but I find no rest.
Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
you are the one Israel praises.
Psalms 22:2-3

One of the hardest things to accomplish in the lives of the children of God is to adapt to God’s time. Our modern life is structured and controlled by the clock. We have a certain time to sleep, a specific time to get up, a quiet time, a time for personal care, a time for breakfast, a time to leave home, a time to conmute, a time to work, a time for lunch, a time to work some more, a deadline to meet , a time to return home, a time for dinner, a time for some relaxation, a time to go to bed and a time by which we must be asleep or we will have problems the next morning to get out of bed to repeat the routine described above. The clock is there at all times to let us know what time it is and what activity we need to be doing. This time structure leaves us very little room to vary the routine so that it does not become too tedious. When dealing with God we apply a similar scheme. We pray, we cry and we ask God what we think we need and then we expect him to respond according to our time schedule. It is as if we were setting conditions to God. Something like “Father, if you not answer me now, I will lose my joy and it will be more difficult to keep my trust in you.”

Remember that God is the author of time. For him, time is just another tool in his wonderful plan for the world. Let us accept that we have no control whatsoever over what must happen and when. To try to control these things will only bring us a life full of frustrations and failures. The best time is God’s time. Remember that God works all things for the good of those who love him. To God alone be the glory!