The other day, my wife and I took our children out for an excursion to a park in Dallas. This particular park was supposed to have a great play area, and our kids had been looking forward to playing there for some time. As we walked up to the entry, we noticed a sign on the gate that read, “Closed for routine maintenance.” That’s it! No lengthy explanation! No city official there explaining the situation. Just a simple sign: “Closed for routine maintenance.”
As I walked away, I began to think about the simplicity of that sign but also the importance of that sign. I, for one, am thankful they were willing to shut down the park to do routine maintenance. Even though routine maintenance can sometimes be annoying, it is also necessary for the safety of my children.
Often times, I feel that we refuse to do routine maintenance on our own lives. We get caught up in schedules, meetings, appointments, laundry, cleaning, soccer games, phone calls, … and the list goes on and on. The truth is, every now and then, we need to remember to unplug, to stop the chaos, and to schedule some “routine maintenance” for ourselves.
If you read the Bible you’ll see that Jesus did this often. Jesus would stop doing ministry; He would stop teaching; He would send the crowd away; and He would withdraw to a deserted place to pray, to recharge, to do some maintenance.
So, maybe you think you’re too busy for some “me time.” Maybe you haven’t stopped to take a breath in months, or even years. Maybe you need to stop for some routine maintenance. Remember: The world will go on without you, but you can’t go on without some routine maintenance.