Moderation in all things!
Everyone of us has our hands tied to so so many things. More to-do's than are humanly possible...or necessary. The more technologically efficient we become, basically carrying computers in our pockets, the less time we have for the things that really matter and we thus flail into inefficiency with our time. UGH!
Do you also have those days where you wish that the whole schedule could be wiped clean, every worry, each detail, and certainly the day's unknowns. Fact is, it just doesn't work like that! With some dialed and continuous discernment you can achieve balance though...and it's not even BALANCE, but FOCUS. We need an intense focus on your priorities each day.
I have a favorite analogy and its the PICKLE JAR! If you had a large glass "pickle jar" and could choose how to fill it each day, what would you put in there? Many of us almost top it off with life's sand, the little trivial wasteful things, email, social media, sitting idle, reading junk material, watching unnecessary things, and going through so many motions without calculated purpose for our precious time. We all do it.
We used to only get the mail once a day in a nice tidy box outside the home and that was good enough. Remember? While the world has us convinced it needs an immediate response every time, it often doesn't. Limit visiting and revisiting things through the day which trap your time.
Back to the pickle jar now. We are the masters of what goes in there. If we fill it all with sand and hope to return later and stuff a large rock of importance in there, we will find that there isn't any room for what's important. If instead we would start with our rock of importance (big goal, large focus, real must do's), then we can come back and add some gravel, smaller stones and eventually enough sand to fill the cracks. Life's attractions and distractions all rank differently, so take a good look at what size of rock each one really is.
10 fewer minutes on social media = 10 more minutes to work your core on the floor
10 fewer idle minutes on junky inputs into our mind = 10 more minutes to read about the faith
Many practices are emptying for us while others, in fact, are very filling. Be filled.
Each day competes for your time and attention with a ticking clock. How will you spend it and fill it up?
Be bold! Live defined! Pray through the day! Never give up!
Friends in the Lord, let's focus!