Written by: Mandy Lawrence-Hill
As I was feeling overwhelmed with my list of things to do recently, I thought to myself that – if ever there was a lottery where the prize was time – I would be the first in line for a ticket. Do you ever feel like there are just not enough hours in the day, days in the week or months in the year?!
What I could accomplish with an extra couple of hours a week, even! Yes, time would certainly be an invaluable win for me.
As I joked with my friend over coffee that day, I silently felt deep conviction over my long list of work that needed to be done. When I got home I began to mentally brainstorm ways that I could fit in everything I needed to do. Imagine my frustration when my mental list kept being crumpled up with the many demands of my family:
“Mommy, look at this superman I drew. I think it’s my best one yet!!”
“Mommy, can you come and hear the song I can play on the piano? I bet you’ll think I’m so much better than yesterday!”
“Mommy, can you play with me?”
“Want to go for a walk to the park this afternoon with the kids?”
…wait. What!? You ask. You were frustrated with those things?! Those are wonderful things.
I’m over here– raising a guilty hand confirming a big, ugly: yes.
My life is filled with a whole-lot-of-wonderful. My guess, is that if you take a step back and look into your life using a different lens that you too will see that your life is full of wonderful things as well.
If we aren’t careful to budget our time wisely – ensuring there is a balance between work, play and rest- we will most certainly gain frustration as an end result. Instead of making those precious memories at the park with my family or playing tractors on the floor with my three-year-old, I stewed about how little time I have to do all I need to do.
We must be careful not to have our plates so full that we can’t make time for the precious lives that we are so honoured to be a part of.
God has blessed us all in incredible ways, friends. Take a moment today to thank God for your many blessings and endeavour to improve that balance between work, play and rest. (Yes, even rest, my friend.)
Father God, please help us to be better stewards of the time you have so graciously given to us. We love you and we want to honour you with each and every moment. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.
P.S. My friend Christa Hutchins over at Do A New Thing offers great time-planning tools like:
• Mind-Mapping Tool
• Planning Six-Pack
• Tips and instructions
You will receive these downloads for FREE when you sign up to follow her blog HERE.