“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
As I start to transition into a new chapter of life, I am also having to learn how to juggle things and donate the proper amount of time to each responsibility/activity requires for it to be successful.
I give all my attention to one thing and ignore all the rest, or I try to focus on everything all at once, and really make no progress because I’m leap-frogging from one thing to another to another.
I’ve thought “How on earth am I going to keep on top of so many things all at once?”
In fact, I’ve even given thought to giving up one thing or another so that I can donate more time to the most important undertakings that are coming up, and in it all, I’ve realized a few things people do when it comes to having a lot to juggle:
1) People take on too many projects just for the sake of being able to “brag” about how busy we are.
We have made it so that society looks at being overly busy and having too much on one plate is like wearing a badge of honor. Like, the more exhausted and sleep-deprived, the better, because then you can say that you truly “have a life”. Quite frankly, it’s a pretty twisted way of living life.
Living life to the fullest doesn’t mean having your life so full that you can’t actually stop to enjoy it. Living life to the fullest means being full of joy, wonder, love and excitement in even the little things like sitting outside on a warm night watching the stars twinkle. It means truly being present in the moment-not overwhelmed by what’s in the future or exhausted from the guilt over the past.
2) We forget to let God into the everyday mundane tasks.
We need to re-learn to ask God to help us set up a plausible schedule of what needs our attention that day.
Sometimes, he might lead us to take more time relaxing or, sometimes, he might lead us to do 3 hours of homework and only an hour of laundry–or vice versa.
We need to remember to let God into our every day lives, because he might have someone for us to reach out to and display his love to through the time he sets out for us to do our daily activities in.
3) We neglect our Spiritual Growth
How many of you wake up in the morning, and right from the very start have to go-go-go? And then, by the end of the day, you’re so tired from all the running to do this and that and the other thing, that you don’t want to do anything besides flop in bed? And then, come the next day, you start the whole thing over again.
And then, once you finally have that coveted day off, you want to do nothing but sit around in your pajamas binge-watching Netflix.
Most people would probably just brush it off by saying, “Well, that’s life”.
But, I don’t think that life is supposed to be so full that we completely neglect our spiritual growth.
Without spiritual growth, we won’t ever know God in the full intimacy that he desires to bring us into.
What it comes down to, as I am learning, is that people need to learn not to fill our days so full and that we need to learn what the important things in our life are.
Here’s a bit of timely advice from the book of Ephesians;
“Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” Ephesians 5:16-17
Make the most of every opportunity and understand what the Lord wants you to do!
Each day, what God has for you might look different than the day before-sometimes it might be more mundane than others, but he always has a reason for why he has you doing something (even if it is just for your own personal health or growth).
What are some things that you have learned from having to juggle several different activities in your life? I’d love to hear!