Monday and Wednesday. I got to meet two different people who work extra hours at their office to meet their respective quotas each month. They confided about their difficulty to be placed in front of a desktop computer for about ten to twelve hours per day. And sadly, they run the same routine for the rest of the week. By week, I mean, for an entire seven days. The only time you could rest is when you choose to absent yourself or when you file a vacation leave. The office knows no holidays as well.
I gasped, sighed, and exclaimed: “Whoa, that’s just too much!” (Of course, I said that part in Tagalog.)
As time ticked, I could only offer a listening ear to these two people. I was there to hear them out about their frustrations and struggles, particularly in the area of work. Afterwards, words and questions like: “burn out”, “it’s a routine”, “Am I really meant for this job?” began to surface. I’m sure you could tell more in this line of thought, if you put yourself in their shoes.
Being their Kuya and mentor (and while praying to seek the Lord’s wisdom as they were sharing) I replied this way: “It’s either you find a wise way to ‘recharge’, or you ask the Lord to open a new job for you. What you’re into is really not healthy.” I’m not a business expert whatsoever, but hey, I just want to give my two cents about their predicament.
And one of them responded by asking in return: “How do you recharge? What do you on your ‘me’ time?”
Now, that’s a crucial question not only for me, but also for everyone living in this fast-paced world. It is certain that being ‘spent’ would imply a breakdown not just only in the area of work, but consequently in all the aspects of one’s life. Family. Your relationship with God. Physical and emotional health. Name it.
In my case, this is how I “recharge”. Please don’t judge me, okay? (Thank you!)
By God’s grace, I regularly spend my Monday afternoons to just take the Lord on a “date”. Either in a quiet coffee shop or in the privacy of my home, I spend about four to five hours to be in the presence of my King and Savior. Then, during the remaining days of the week, I spend at least an hour to read my Bible and to pray either in the morning or in the evening.
Okay, hold on for a second! I’m not here to point out that I’m holy! Again, please don’t judge me. This clearly isn’t a formula too, nor I’d say I’ve perfected this habit of mine. It takes much discipline and commitment as well. Though, to be honest, this way of “recharging” has been helping me since I decided to take on this challenge two years ago.
On a more serious note, what I’m sharing here is mainly how the Lord reminded me that resting on Him is necessary for me to survive life’s challenges. I need to rest on Him for me to be reminded that God is larger than life. He should be my first, and everything else should fall second. I need to set aside the “Martha” in me, and choose to become a “Mary”, who chose what was better (cf. Luke 10:38-42). I need His daily dose grace to press on, and for me to become more of who God wants me to be – a disciple who prioritizes God’s priorities.
This is just my part of the story, so I threw the same question back to my two mentees as their “assignment” to really think and pray about.
I guess it won’t be a harm to ask you, as well.
How do you “recharge”?
Contemplate about it deeply, and just be honest. Your decision to “recharge” might just save you from a lot of trouble and heartache.