My husband and I challenge one another, “If not now, when?”
Most of us are speed freaks. I didn’t realize it. Now that I do, the fix isn’t as easy as I hoped. People are addicted to busyness and mental stimulation. Which may make us drug addicts.
Busyness increases adrenaline and video anything produces increased levels of dopamine. More on that another day, but who knew we might be addicts? Changing habits isn’t as easy as recognizing the need for change.
Addicted to Busyness
The faster we spin our hamster wheel, the less we see. When you’re cruising back roads at 20 mph you notice the margin between cornfield and grazing pasture and discern the season by which flowers bloom and which fade. In spring, newborn calves or twin fawns capture your attention. You have time to pull over, snap a quick photo, and capture the moment.
Traveling slowly reveals the miracle of how a valley becomes a mountain. And how the sun’s rays reveal massive geometric shapes at sunrise and sunset. When God’s artwork is most brilliant, what are you looking at?
Speed freaks buzzing along at 80 mph see little beyond the stripes on the pavements and road signs. And hopefully, other vehicles lest they collide and ruin everyone’s day. Life is passing by too quickly. What happened to the 70s, 80s, 90s? Or even the decade following the change of centuries?
We’re already nearing the end of the twenty-teens decade. Gracious!
When did I become elderly? Sure, I still do most of the things I’ve always done. But more slowly. And with more “oops.” Things look different once you know there are fewer years ahead than behind. You can’t change what was, but there’s no better time to prepare for what’s ahead than the present.
We’re still good. But slowing down. That trendline isn’t going to change.
Stewardship Isn’t as Simple as I Thought
The theme of stewardship continues in my daily study. What does good stewardship look like to God? How should I invest scarce resources of time, energy, passion, and cash. I shared The 3-Step Stewardship Plan in a recent newsletter digest. The next installment on the theme will arrive in subscriber’s email inboxes soon.
A deep-dive into Ecclesiastes in underway. I don’t have all the answers to produce the change I need. But I know where to find them. If any of this sounds familiar, join me on the journey.
Most people lament the busyness of their lives and the rarity of simple joy. Recently I sat on our front porch, eyes closed, experiencing the tickle of a cool breeze on my face. It was captivating!
I don’t do that enough. God continually offers tiny joys and bubbles of delight that I too often miss because I’m busy. But what specifically should I focus on and what precisely should I be doing?
Simplicity is the secret to everything.
3-Step Pro-Stewardship Plan
“What am I supposed to do? I can’t do everything. What should I do first? And then what?”
Here’s the simple daily routine I adopted after taking my problem to the Lord for help.
- First do what is NEEDFUL.
- Then do what is PROMISED.
- See what’s left and PRIORITIZE.
I’m experiencing less confusion about what to do first and what can wait because the needful and promised are finished. Prioritizing what remains is easier. Then do it again tomorrow.
Try it. Let me know how it works for you.
Do you dream of the moment Jesus looks at you and says…?
‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ – Matthew 25:23
Stewardship is a key requirement of being faithful
Update on my Stewardship Plan
The three steps listed above are still relevant. But they only scratch the surface. What’s left is too much. My goals are still too plentiful and unpractical. I’ll never knock out 16 hour days at hyperspeed again. Who said it was a good idea in the first place?
There is no gospel evidence of frantic over-scheduled disciples. Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34)
Hurry, rush, and worry are distractions. They’re not of God.
The Lord Jesus promises peace and joy – today. It’s up to us to receive it. To live it. To honor Him in how we spend our time and energy. How much is left for Him after the to-do list is finished?
What if the to-do list is never finished?
Maybe you’ve noticed how quickly things change. My sister-in-law went from healthy to chemo-for-the-rest-of-her-life in less than 24 hours. A friend’s sister, a slim vibrant 57-year young vegetarian, caught the flu and was gone in a week.
Every plan for my brother and his wife’s “some day” became today. For some, even today is lost.
My husband and I may have many more years together. Certainly, the majority are behind us. I treasure them, but intend to value the ones to come more than I have. Our today is all we have. We want to make the most of it.
But we have to learn how that works. Most addicts don’t become aware of their problem till they’re already deep in it. Busyness isn’t much different. At the end of the day we’re tired. And it isn’t always a good tired. Some days it’s more used up or wiped out – without spending one moment enjoying the gifts God provides.
Don’t squander. Anything.
Jesus as Lord of all, not some
What about our years with Christ? When does He rise to His place of preeminence? When will He receive the leisure of our early morning and late at night?
When will we have time to even consider those questions?
I’m making the time now.
“If not now, when?“
The journey continues.
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