Our family thrives on a schedule. It keeps us on track and focused on our goals. But at the end of the school year I noticed that the schedule was actually starting to suck the life out of us. Apathy had set in as I sent the kids to school with some pretzels and a plastic fork for lunch. And that was on a good day. When I started missing important events I realized something needed to change.
One afternoon we arrived at our dentist appointments a half hour early. It was a beautiful day so we took the opportunity to take a walk in the park and literally stopped to smell the roses. As we got back in the car I commented to the kids that we rarely had extra time to just enjoy something so simple. “I guess I can be all business.” I commented.
“Yes. You’re like the business-y boyfriend in every Hallmark Christmas movie,” they told me. (You know, the one who always gets dumped for the cool but unknown country singer or small town quaint store owner who always has time to talk and loves kids and/or animals and really understands the Christmas Spirit!)
“Oh no, am I really?! What percentage of ‘business’ am I?”
They laughed hysterically and said, “You just proved you’re the business-y boyfriend! Do you want a pie chart and graph?!”
I love to have fun and enjoy life but many times the deadlines on my calendar can start to drain me of the joy and beauty of the ordinary moments. The monotony of work, appointments, errands and general responsibilities distract me from the purpose of living an abundant life and glorifying God. Do you ever feel like that?
Are you trapped in routines that fail to feed your soul? God created us to thrive—in middle of sorrow and in our greatest moments of joy! Would you join me in praying that we can transform our schedules? It’s time to create routines that serve us instead of serving our routines.
Make Margin For:
Connection with friends and family
Don’t allow your schedule to suck the life out of you! When you do, you won’t have anything left for those gifts which enable you to live an extraordinary life of purpose. An over-scheduled life leads to burnout. We can’t measure our lives by how successfully we navigate our calendars. We measure our lives by how deeply we love. (click to tweet)
How can you start changing your schedule so that you can live an extraordinary life?
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