The idea of "stealing away" has always intrigued me. The term "stealing..." implies that it's something that isn't given to you. You must take it. No one is requiring you to steal away, in fact in today's productivity based culture, it is often discouraged. Yet, something deep inside me is calling me away. So, today was one of those times I stole away. So was yesterday, for that matter. And, it's way more important for me on Sunday morning. Here's the deal:
Sunday is a crazy day for me. I am a Worship Pastor, and I have so much to do and so many people to lead. I've got confidence monitors to plug in, a stage to clean, a rug to position, batteries to charge, guitar to tune, coffee to make, lyrics to check, a green room to tidy, a tech booth to tidy - all before 7am, when we begin rehearsals.
I lead a team that runs a finely tuned orchestra of production that if executed well, it's invisible, but if one thing is off, it can be a huge distraction to worship.
Sunday is crazy. And what is normal for me is to get to the church at around 5:30am and immediately begin work on all that has to get done. And, after it's all been done, typically there is no time to steal away and work on heart stuff. That's a normal Sunday. But, yesterday was different.
Yesterday, I slowed down. Sat in my car as I arrived at church, listening to a podcast and drinking coffee before I hit the ground running. I did less, moved slower and somehow still was ready to go on time.
The tyranny of the urgent will create a never ending list for you if you let it. Slow down. We were meant to steal away some time, meant to create space in our lives; meant to wander into the margins of each day; meant to connect with the beauty around us, stop and smell the coffee, meet a stranger, seek stillness.
Monday is no different for me; packed with meetings, and administrative tasks. So this morning, I stole away briefly and hung out at Inversion Coffee House, sipping on a macchiato, and working on something I've wanted to work on for awhile. It was glorious. The perfect weather we have been blessed with in Houston lately certainly added to the vibe at Inversion. Hope to have many more days like this!