I am not sure when and where the negative connotation of “going postal” came from exactly but I think there might be a chance to give it an entirely new meaning.
Earlier this week, the US Postal Service announced that it would be curtailing its delivery days to 5 days a week. The Mailman will no longer be working on Saturdays (beginning in August 2013). Like most things involving work, money or government, this has been a hot topic with two sides clamoring in debate. I may be naïve, but I think this is a great thing…and not just for Jimmy, my neighborhood’s mailman.
I believe that “going postal” could now mean that we take a cue from one of our nation’s oldest, largest and hardest working agencies. “Going postal” could be admitting that there comes a time in everyone’s life when things need to change. Going Postal could mean that the change we are looking for must be adding rest to our schedule. The US Postal Service has reminded us this week that we are dangerously close to living life at such a pace that we will burnout. They decided that work needs to decrease and rest must increase. If not, there wouldn’t be a United States Postal Service any longer.
The USPS's abridged statement [abridged by yours truly] went something like this: “We are trying to deliver too much and we aren’t bringing enough in.” That is remarkable to me. A 150-year-old federal agency decided to take a day off its workweek so that they can perform better and save them from extinction. We read just a few weeks ago in The Story (Chapter 1) that God designed for us, from our very beginning, an intentional rhythm of work and rest. He even modeled it for us by resting Himself after creation.
The USPS announcement this week has given me a powerful question to start asking: “Am I trying to deliver too much when I am not bringing enough in?” I am not talking about finances. I am talking about my friendship with God. Am I working too much and leaving less room for his presence? Can I honestly expect to remain close to him—close enough to really listen, learn and obey—if I am running so fast all day every day? What does this mean for us? What does this mean for you?
Shouldn’t we all be going postal?
Posted on Thu, February 7, 2013
by Ryan Rainey