With tears in her eyes, a sweet friend admitted that her life is “Crazy!” She, like most of us, has so much to do and is overwhelmed with trying to get it all done each day. Her neat lists are made and the appropriate check marks are scratched when the task is completed, but most days, there are plenty of un-done jobs, because there simply aren’t enough hours in each day to do it all!
I totally understand – I’ve been there. But I wonder if for most of us, rather than a need for more time, if one thing that could help would be proper priorities..
- We may say that God is first in our life, but does our day back that up? Do we make sure that if nothing else gets done, we’re sure to spend time in God’s Word and in prayer at the beginning of the day? That step alone might save us all kinds of wrong choices in the use of our time. Les Olila said, “My devotions are not a display of my discipline, they are a demonstration of my need for God.” Time with God is essential to the success of my day.
- We love our family, but do they really get the next chunk of our time, or is it work, tasks, or friends that are allowed to slide into their time slot? A mopped floor or folded laundry isn’t nearly as important as time spent with your child after school, or a date with your husband so you can really talk uninterrupted. People are more important than things.
- We may not think that our techie devices are using up our time, but if your phone was lost for a day, how much more would you accomplish? If Facebook, Instagram, texting or Twitter was removed from your schedule, would you be able to finish a household job that needs to be taken care of? Does your family see the top of your head more often than they see your eyes? Technology should be a tool, not an inseparable part of my life.
I am only throwing out some suggestions. If this strikes a chord in the misuse of your day, then listen and change, with God’s help. A successful day is more than a page full of check marks. Ask me how I know. =)