This time of year things seem to speed up. Fall activities, upcoming holiday activities, school, work … life just seems to get really crazy-busy.
If your life is as crazy as mine, here are few thoughts that might help.
Choose to let some things slide. I know we all probably like to think we are super-moms and can do it all. But guess what? We can’t. So decide what’s most important and let everything else go. Sometimes I need to have my house completely clean to feel good. But other times, I choose to let go of my need for clean. As long as my family can function, I don’t have to have clean-enough-to-eat-off-of floors.
Choose people over tasks. Sometimes I get a little carried away with tasks. My “to do” list. When a person gets in the way of my “to do’s,” I don’t always have a great attitude. But then, what really is important? People or tasks? Sometimes, yes, tasks do trump spending time on the phone or at the coffee shop. But most times, you can’t go wrong by setting the list aside and choosing to spend time with a friend or family member. Which leads to …
Invest in relationships. Relationships are like plants. While it would be great to just stick a seed in any old dirt and come up with a beautiful plant, the reality is, to get a really great harvest, you have to invest in the process. You have to prepare the soil. Plant the seed. Keep out the weeds. Feed and water. It takes investment. It takes time. It takes intentionality. I think we sometimes forget that relationships require the same kind of investment. We have to spend time and energy in order to get the harvest of a great relationship.
And that includes your relationships with God. It isn’t a one-and-done. He wants you to spend time with Him. Not weekly, but daily. And often throughout the day as well. I recently saw an acronym for BUSY that really convicted me. Being Under Satan’s Yoke.
I had to take a minute to consider that one. Am I so busy with good things, that I’m missing out on what God really has for me? That’s a good question for all of us.
“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens …”Ecclesiastes 3:1
About the author:
Teri is passionate about teaching, writing, and ministering to fellow sojourners. She spends her days working in ministry and her evenings and weekends being wife and mom.