“You can’t do a good job if your job is all you do.”
-Katie Thurmes, co-founder of Artifact Uprising
A couple weeks ago, my husband was out of town, my work for the day was complete, I was sitting in my throne (AKA my favorite, comfy, big blue chair)…and I found myself feeling guilty for wanting to relax. Just as this strange feeling of “necessary” restlessness came over me, I read the following verse:
“So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people to do in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them.”
Especially being an introvert, I have found that I am far more valuable to those around me when I have had quiet time to myself and invest in my own personal joy. I used to find myself filling every minute of the day with good, productive things, but not restful, soul-filling moments. I would be working, blogging, mentoring, studying…which are all great, but I would become overwhelmed due to the lack of pure bliss…unadulterated, agenda-free bliss.
It’s okay to wake up and have coffee in bed…
Let yourself daydream…
Do something you used to love as a child…
It is valuable to hear Pandora playing the beautiful tunes of my solo piano station…
There is joy found in hobbies, just for fun…
Give yourself permission to rest.
Today, remember that:
-It is biblical to enjoy life and have fun.
-Having fun and making time for YOU is crucial to having a healthy, balanced life.
-It is not selfish to do things that make you happy, when combined with serving and loving those around you.
-Investing in your own personal happiness will enable you to love others better.
Ride a bike.
Do more than your day job.