Tonight’s talk at youth group was on St. Teresa of Calcutta or Mother Teresa as she’s more commonly known. Mother Teresa served the poor and dying on the streets of Calcutta, India for over 40 years.
My days are so busy, how did she have time to do that? Her schedule was quite surprising. Wake up 4:30am, go to mass. Have breakfast and wash dishes for an hour and a half, go out to the streets for 4 hours, come back for lunch. Enjoy lunch for an hour, wash dishes and allow time to digest by reading. Then have tea. Next she go back our for another 3-4 hours, have dinner, have recreation time with other sisters, spend an hour in prayer and go to bed. The speaker pointed out that the day was structured to provide rest and as you can’t give what you don’t have that is why the day begins and ends with prayer. How could she be Christ to so many others if she didn’t put Him first in her day? How could she see to the wellbeing or needs of others if she wasn’t looking after her own wellbeing or household first? As a busy person this gave me pause.
I have a tendency to pour from an empty cup. I forego my needs and wants and of my household to see that others are taken care of. Self denial in moderation is a spiritually beneficial thing. Excessive self denial is spiritally, physically and emotionally destructive.
When I was over extended last year, I prayed to learn balance, but it didn’t happen. Now that I am removed from that stressful time, God is teaching me situation by situation how to set healthy boundaries and respect my limits so I am able to do more of the work He has called me to do. It’s really a change to be able to look at my to-dos and activities with a discerning eye and be able to prioritize or eliminate items without remorse.
Balance is going to be my theme for the week. Two things I want to work on are designated morning prayer, and spiritual reading after lunch. As a tea party enthusiast I’d also like to have “Tea” every day but my work lunches are only an hour… So I’ll keep thinking on it. 😉
Dear heavenly Father I thank you for the shining life and example of your daughter St. Teresa of Calcutta. I thank You for wisdom and practicality she was able to leave us with. I thank You for teaching me balance and allowing me to see where improvement is needed. I ask that you bless my efforts to bring balance to my mornings and rejuvenate my mind after lunch. I ask this in Jesus’s name. Amen