Apparently I have more to say on the theme of “To Do Lists” and planning!
I don’t know if you noticed the title on the planner I posted last Monday night.
It said, “Do It All Planner”
I didn’t notice until I had posted it (I just liked the cute colors and design), but really? Do I really need my planner to daily tell me to “DO IT ALL”?
I am actually working on not doing it all, because like many of you out there, I am just tired and in need of rest.
Last Monday when I posted that pretty picture of the planner I had just finished one of my marathon days. Up before 6 AM to make lunches and get three kids out the door. Hurry to physical therapist at 7:30 AM (yikes!) to work on my tendonitis issue from typing (ha ha), then back home to shower and back out the door to another doctors appt (gotta love those). On way home, make several phone calls, a run through the bank drive through, and then to a business meeting for 3 hours. Hurry home to see kids as they get home from school, and frantically bark orders to clean up the house since 12 + women were headed over in a couple of hours for bible study. Realize I have no cream for coffee, consider going to store, decide 1% milk will work. Soccer was cancelled due to weather (phew! check one item off my list), but spent 45 minutes on hold with website builder to help me fix my website messes. They did not get fixed. Did I mention I sent out an Evite somewhere in there? Feed dog because child forgot. Drain sprinklers because it’s April in Colorado and we thought we were done with snow which is apparently coming tomorrow (no, not my usual job–husband out of town). Throw some chicken and salad on a plate for kids and myself for dinner, vacuum, and cheerfully greet the lovely women coming over for bible study. Have a WONDERFUL bible study, and climb into bed when it’s over. Did I mention my husband is out of town? (By the way, writing out your day is somehow therapudic….you shoud try it.)
Guess what? I was frustrated when I went to bed because I didn’t get IT ALL done! I still had some big items on my list for that day (including running to the grocery store for milk and cereal for the next morning). So I definitely don’t need a planner putting pressure on me to get it ALL done.
I know many of you out there are saying, “Yeah, I can beat that day.” I know you can!
Friends, we need to slow down and build margin into our lives. I’m not sure how yet, but I’ll let you know as I figure it out. It probably involves (for me at least) saying “no” to more. This is something I really struggle with. I do know one thing, God does not want us leading frazzled, hectic days all the time. I think it’s just life that we will run into those days from time to time, but when we string them together week after week, we are left drained, empty, and nothing to give to the most important people in our lives. He does not tell us to do it all! In fact, God built into our week a day of rest (not talking about sleep) that he knows we need. We see the example of Jesus taking time to rest and pray and fill back up before heading back out to minister.
I’ll say it again, God does not want us to do it all. We need to pray about what exactly God has called us to do and what is simply our own agenda. We need to be able to separate what the world tells us to do (especially women) what we should do and what is really part of God’s plan for our lives.
Exodus 16:23 He said to them, “This is what the Lord commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of sabbath rest, a holy sabbath to the Lord. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’”
Genesis 2:2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
Let’s be imitators of God and find rest.
I would love to hear your comments and thoughts below on how you build in margin to your days, I know some of you have figured this out.
God Bless You today! Hope you find some time to rest…me too!