Living life full blast all the way to the margin is really taking a toll on us. I went for a walk on the beach today and on the way back to my house, I took a shortcut down one of my favorite streets. I have had my eye on a house on that street that I would love to buy someday, so I occasionally walk that way and pray over it. Today, there was a family in the street with their small children just learning to ride bikes. I stopped and struck up a conversation about living on Edisto. I quickly found out that they both have high-powered jobs, live in Ft. Lauderdale and come to their home on Edisto just twice a year. She asked me how it was to live here full time. Of course, I shared how wonderful the slow-paced lifestyle is and how healthy living is really quite easy here. Her eyes immediately teared up. She shared with me that she wished she could quit her job, stay home with her children and slow life down. When her kids were small, she did not even want to be with them all day—she loved traveling with her high-powered job. And now they were over committed financially with several houses around the country and they did not even have time to vacation! What are we doing to ourselves?
My youngest just graduated from high school and left last week for The Citadel. It seems like he grew up in a blink! If you could let go of one burden today, what would it be? A financial obligation? A job you said yes to, but should have said no? I am glad I stopped to make conversation. Life was not intended to be lived at full blast with no margin. We have slowed our lives down here at Edisto and have no regrets. I don’t think I am missing a thing. How about you? First Place 4 Health helps us to pay attention to the boundaries or lack of boundaries in our life. There should be no area of our life that feels like it is running away from us. Balance is hard, but not impossible, if we continue to “seek first His kingdom."