A motly of activities can chop huge chunks of our time, if we aren’t careful.
I’m a full-time mom, at the same time, a career woman. On top of my household responsibilities — if you have kids, you know how messy a house could get — I feed, bathe, parent our 3-year-old, while also putting in 6-7 hours of work, four days per week. (Phew, writing that exhausts me.) Although my husband helps from time to time, still, the chores grow exponentially.
In spite of my duties, I do have room for input and recreation. And more. There’s a surfeit of time to squeeze them in, if I’ll just look.
Making sure the aspects of a healthy well-being are covered — spiritual, physical, mental and social — I work out, write and read, create memorable moments with the family. Most essential of all is prayer and feeding on God’s Word. A non-negotiable part of my day for soul in nourishment.
I also indulge in entertainment and fun. There’s a smorgasbord of shows and videos to watch. Dabble with music. Blogging. Travel. Plus, loads of little to-do’s here and there.
If branches of surplus time emerges, I’d graft in more. Piano lessons. Writing classes. Attend motivational and Christian conferences. Learn a winter activity or two to sail through the slog, and so on and so forth…
Fitfully dashing from one attention-grabbing activity to the next, I could pack my schedule with various ventures, crossing out one item after another, amassing skill after skill, but to what end? What do I want to accomplish from all my labours?
Will the things I do now matter in 10 years time?
How about after I transcend this life to the next?
What legacy am I leaving behind?
Am I managing my time wisely and exercising my gifts?
Will I be able to finish my race, giving all the glory to God?
Am I investing my time in projects with lasting value?
Every endeavor requires our time and focus. Exercise wisdom by learning to trim down the fluff, wonderful as they are.
As the Psalmist say,
The days of our lives are seventy years;
And if by reason of strength they are eighty years,
Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow;
For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.~ Psalm 90:10,12
Our current life circumstances don’t mirror each other. Some of us have full schedules. Others, moderate. Regardless of where we are, it’s sensible to seek God’s wisdom to make our days count.
Whether we acknowledge it or not, our days are numbered. It’s not meant to scare anyone, rather, a catalyst to gain a heart of wisdom.
Before engaging in commitments, I make an assessment on how much I’m willing to give. Does it align with my and my family’s priorities for the season? And ask myself questions like above.
It’s necessary to build healthy boundaries to make the most of our time. Why overextend myself on things that don’t matter?