Sometimes We Need a Reboot

by Edie Melson

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

A few years ago, I came to the point of a computer crisis. My current computer became a serious source of irritation in my life. Not just the ordinary, I-hate-technology moments we all have, but the big I’m-going-to-have-to-wipe-the-hard-drive-and-start-over sort of situation.

To be fair, it wasn’t even a real computer, it was a netbook. I’d had it for just over two years and I had used that little machine hard. It logged as many travel miles as I had and, for a PC, had been a truly trouble-free machine. And up until the past few months, I’d been thrilled with its performance. It had always booted up quickly and gone from application to application with lightning speed. Even now it ranks as one of the favorite computers I’ve ever had.

But then that all began to change. At first I thought it probably had something to do with a virus or spyware or even cookies. So I ran every diagnostic tool I could find and discovered it was free from any digital disease.

One thing all my diagnostic digging did reveal was a very full machine. Its open memory space was rapidly disappearing. Where once it had room to perform, now its life was cramped and overloaded. Its performance had dramatically decreased, and if it were a person, I’d even go so far as to say it had become chronically cranky. Its bad-tempered disposition was due to the fact that I expected it to do things it was never designed to do.

Because it was originally so efficient, I kept piling more and more on it. I moved all my work life to its hard drive because it performed so well. And, until it became overloaded, it just quietly processed my requests. Now, my only option was to wipe its hard drive and start over. And, to be totally honest, I really didn’t have the time to spare.

Why didn’t I have the time?

Well, it turned out I was suffering from the same sort of malady as my darling digital offspring. While I considered what to do with this machine, God began to draw some obvious parallels within my own life. That had been a banner year for me, but with my successes came with a dump truck full of opportunities.

For some, that would be a good thing. For me, the queen of I-can’t-say-no, it developed into a nightmare. My own life had become overloaded, and my performance had begun to suffer. Where once I finished projects early, now I struggled to complete them on time. I was suddenly driven by deadlines and distracted by details. And the only answer was take a little time do a serious reboot to my life.

I took the time I needed to plug back in to my Creator and let Him remind me of the special things He designed me to do. I wiped my life free of everything I wasn’t suited for and it made all the difference. Just like my computer, I was once again able to work with plenty of room to breathe.

King David wrote: “…when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:2). I encourage you to spend time in God’s presence asking for discernment in prioritizing commitments. Use this summer to readjust your life back in line with what God designed you to do and watch the difference it will make in your life.

Edie-MelsonAbout the author: Find your voice, live your story…is the foundation of Edie Melson’s message, whether she’s addressing parents, military families, readers of fiction or writers. As an author, blogger, and speaker, she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her latest book, While My Child is Away; Prayers for While Were Apart is available at local retailers and online. Connect with her further at www.EdieMelson.comand on Facebook and Twitter.

Join the conversation: With what ways do you discern whether or not to commit to something? Have you ever found yourself overcommitted?

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5 thoughts on “Sometimes We Need a Reboot

  1. When I was younger, I usually had 3-4 projects going on a once. But I find that my hard drive is full now, and to remember new information, I have to let go of something else! So I’ve chosen to pace myself differently – only one project at a time! It isn’t as thrilling to be less productive, but it is a lot healthier. Sheri


  2. I’m in the same process. Yesterday declined an invitation to be interviewed about success principles from Scripture for business people. Decided it would take up too much time to prepare. It’s so easy to accept too much. Ministry is like an iceberg–we forget that for the 10% others see, it demands 90% of unseen preparation. Weighing and praying helps us give our best to what God wants us to do.


  3. I just picked up “The Path” last night, by Laurie Beth Jones, and this morning’s devotion comes as an echo of words I read last night.

    This is a better message than “slow down and smell the roses.” This message is about k owing our design and loving -that- to the fullest.

    We all know the many worthy tasks a butter knife can do, though the butter knife was not designed to screw in a small screw, or pry apart two tight things, or slide through a crack to unhinge something on the other side, or pull up toast from an (unplugged!) toaster.

    But, it’s hard on the butter knife.

    That’s the message I’m hearing from the Lord to me, and it is both right on time, and welcome.


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