So where did the time go, and why do I always feel like I'm not finishing things? I have been on a hamster wheel out of control and have little to show for it. How should I do life differently?
I found that if I write things down, they have a better chance of getting done than if I don't; so I am always making lists. The ones on backs of envelopes are sometimes even better than the ones in my planner. I have to actually open the planner to the right page and read it. I even make lists on my phone that I forget to read. An envelope is easy to shove in my pocket or top of my purse.
But what truly needs to get done? How do we make the best use of our time? Does it even matter? The bible has quite a bit to say about time management. We had a pastor once tie a string across the church. He then marked one itty bitty segment. That was to signify our life on this earth, while the rest represented eternity. We have such a short time here, that we want to make the most of it, but at the same time, we need to keep eternity in perspective. That is what we are living for; and the goal is to be joined there by everyone God puts in our paths.
So while there are lots of important things on that to do list, it's best to view them through the lens of eternity when we are prioritizing. The giant painting didn't get crossed off my list today, but I talked to both of my boys on the phone and went to help out a friend. Maybe dishes can soak while I spend some one-on-one time with my daughter. I know that I can get so caught up in the busyness of this life, and survival- "if I do this and this and this then maybe I'll make some money and then and then...." But really what I need to do is to trust God for the "survival" part. And on days like today, when I want to beat myself up about not getting enough done I need to remind myself of Mary and Martha. Martha was the busy irritated sister who was cleaning and playing hostess, while Mary chose to sit at the feet of Jesus. She made the wise choice.
We have a God that doesn't like us to be slackers, but we also have a God of grace and mercy. We live in the present with piles of distractions and responsibilities, but we live for eternity and all that awaits us. So dive in to that to do list, but go with God's wisdom and grace.
(Sorry if this was a bit of a ramble- I'm cramming it into the last of my evening. *grin* Check blogging off that to do list!)