I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see. ~John Burroughs
Sound familiar to anyone else? We are living in a time when being busy is considered, by WAY too many people, as a badge of honor. People compare schedules and ‘enjoy’ the questionable distinction of being the one with the largest number of calendar commitments. This time of year is particularly busy for most of us. I’m urging a change in thinking…that will actually lead to a change in DOING.
As I read the quote at the top, I immediately thought of the one below:
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time….” ~Ecclesiastes 3:1-11a
One of the important things to remember as you read this passage is about what it DOESN’T say. It doesn’t say that there is a time to do it all at the same time. By breaking our tasks down into more do-able bites, the goal is to actually slow down enough to enjoy the day. String enough of those days together and I’m telling you that we might look and feel like totally different people. We might actually ENJOY our lives more! Imagine that!!
I will be the first to tell you that I am not always good at doing this personally. My husband laughs at my “daily to do” lists…they should often be more of a “weekly or monthly to do list.” I’d say it was because I’m an optimist, but when you set yourself up for failure, all the positive thinking in the world won’t change the results. I’m finding out that more recent research is correct when they say that multi-tasking isn’t always the answer. I am determined to find a better way.
Solomon said that he had seen the burden God had laid on the human race and that God had made everything beautiful in its time. I’d urge you to take an additional cue from Christ, who went even further when He said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” ~Matthew 11:28-30
Join me this week as I explore this topic a bit further. Let’s see how we can go about adding more life to our lives instead of just more tasks to our calendars. Who couldn’t use a little soul rest?! I’m in. How about you?