I am a glutton for the thrill of being busy. In college, I took immense pleasure in "complaining" (bragging) about how busy I was with my credit load, extracurriculars, and work on top of running a summer camp, preparing for the LSAT... the list would go on and on. But that over-busy, over-reaching lifestyle eventually caught up to me. Somewhere between moving to a new city, starting a new degree, and getting married I experienced an uphill battle with myself that made me take a hard look at the life I was leading. I was too tired on Sundays to pull myself up and go to Mass. Most days, my prayer journaling was a few sentences, if any, and promise that I would do better next time.
Sunday's Gospel assures us that God isn't asking for much. The yoke is easy and the burden is light. So why was I struggling so much with spending even just little time with God each week?
I was too focused on what this world was asking of me. Instead of coming to God with my burdens, I shouldered them on my own. I was my own task master, adding item after item to my to do lists rather than turning to God and admitting that I had bitten off more than I could chew. As I neglected my soul, I slowly felt myself burn out.
But God's yoke is easy and the burden is light. As I peeled away the unnecessary things off of my list, I found myself connecting more deeply with the Mass. When I admitted that what I was doing was too much, that I could not (should not) be committing so much of myself to these worldly things, my soul felt infinitely lighter. I found rest in minimizing my obligations to only what God asks of us and then slowly adding more while refusing to taking away from God. Minimalism at its finest; focusing only on what truly matters.
Take a moment today to actually write down your to do list and then reflect on which of these things are necessary and which are not. Does this thing make it easier for you to glorify God or does it take away from the time that you could spend in prayer in one way or another? Don't be afraid to make this a part of your prayer today: asking God for guidance in how you can better serve God and God's Church. Don't shy away from dedicating a task to God. Laundry folded in prayer and dedication to your vocation is as much a prayer as time in front of the Blessed Sacrament.