Daily Devotions

“Jesus instructed his disciples to have a boat ready so the crowd would not crush him. He had healed many people that day, so all the sick people eagerly pushed forward to touch him.” Mark 3:9-10

 

“Jesus instructed his disciples to have a boat ready so the crowd would not crush him. He had healed many people that day, so all the sick people eagerly pushed forward to touch him.” Mark 3:9-10

"Have a boat ready." Well, it's not quite a get-away car but still, Jesus wants to pull back.

Once again, our Lord is teaching us through his example. It's ok to take some time for yourself. It's ok to put a temporary distance between the obligations of our daily lives. It's ok to say "no, not right now."

I think this is super important as technology makes us more and more connected. I get emails from parents and students at all hours. I hear a ping or see it pop up and I have to fight the urge to open and respond. It's just a quick response, I tell myself. But I've been sucked into over an hour of back and forth dialogue too many times.

Just this weekend, I replied to a parent I've been trying to contact for a while. Then she wanted to meet me at the school so I could deliver her child's missing work. I had to remind her, politely, I wasn't at school, I was answering from my home computer and I would be happy to get her the assignments on Monday. You wouldn't believe how often kids (and parents too!) are surprised to learn I am not at the school at 10 pm. More than once, I've had a kid ask me "Where do the teachers sleep?" because they thought we all lived at school. It does feel that way sometimes. I'm pretty sure many of you can relate. Which brings me back to Jesus' lesson: When it gets to the point where the crowd is pressing (The more you do, the more your boss wants from you.) Step into the boat. Have some boundaries.

Lord Jesus, thank You for teaching me through the way You lived your life. Help me look to Your examples when I have decisions to make. Help me keep balance in my life. Guide me throughout my day. In your name, Amen.

Connie Simmonds conniesimmonds@gmail.com

Prayer Concern: Those working long hours.

Additional Readings: Psalm 102:12-28 and Acts 15:36-41

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