I arrived at work completely unprepared. I know right! Shocker! Anyhow, as I ran through my morning list of to-dos starting with coffee, my brain went into overdrive. “Put the desks in rows. Find out where you are proctoring for state testing. Print out bell ringers for Algebra 1. Finish game for Algebra 2. Figure out where my students go for class during testing. Call in absent since the Regional track meet has been moved. Follow-up with the speech therapist. Follow-up with the adjuster. Call a plumber…”
When I reached my classroom and walked in, I let out a sigh of relief as I saw my desks in neat rows. I relaxed more when one of my favorite new teachers walked in and let me know it would be the two of us working together during testing. As I sat at my computer frantically scanning my e-mail hoping that something would pop up to remind me of what I was looking for, I turned my head slightly and noticed a note one of my student’s gave me the previous Friday during our fire drill.
It had not meant much then, but right now it was everything I needed to hear. You see, the Interact Club at school created an inspiration wall. The goal was for people to add when they felt inspired, take when they needed inspiration, and give when they felt someone else needed a pick me up. Here I was less that 10 minutes into my work day, staring at my much needed reminder.
People constantly question, “How do you get it all done? How do you find the time?”
They see pictures I take with my children outside or at the park. They see the final product of whatever Pinterest project went right. They see me engaging with other bloggers on Instagram and Facebook…and on their blogs…and on my blog. They see me enjoying mom’s night out. They see my athletes putting on a show for the home track meets. They see me laughing with my students as we prepare for advanced and mastery.
They see me knee-deep in daily devotion.
“How do you do it?”
First of all, I don’t.
Second of all, if I have done nothing else in this journey, I have learned a lesson in obedience.
When God speaks, I get to getting. I ask the details along the way. Sometimes, I am kicking and screaming, but I know He has a plan. And His plan is better than whatever I have in mind.
Now, He’s moved on.
He’s constantly and insistently reminding me to play with my children.
“Play with your children.”
…as soon as I get home from work during the week…as soon as I finish morning coffee and devotion on Saturdays…right after church on Sundays.
“Put the phone down,” He says, “and play with your children.”
He follows up with a book I need to read, a printable I need to create, and a Pinterest project waiting on me. He points me to certain bloggers. Then, as icing on the cake, He sneaks in, “This house could really use some routines.”
Routines…the bane of my very existence…the monotony…the painstaking care required.
As emphasis to His already duly noted point, He made sure I received the top score in my evaluation in “managing classroom routines and procedures.”
So I began to implement at home the modified procedures I mastered at work…and overtime, I have watched my schedule transform from busy to un-busy.
I am not telling you what to do. I am telling you how to do it. Learn this lesson early. Learn this lesson in obedience.
Be still. Let God prioritize.
There’s not enough hours or days or time to do it all – to get it all done. Busy is the new black. We all want to be busy because busy makes us feel important.
The reality is just the opposite. Busy leaves our lives to chance. We are controlled by all the things we have to do. Busy consumes us. Busy will eat us alive.
As a working mom, I am OVER busy.
I am learning to listen carefully as God gives instruction…every time. I am working through my chapter on obedience – learning one day at a time, one foot in front of the other.
How do I get it all done?
I am not busy.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3: 5-6)
What are some ways that you keep yourself from being overwhelmed by busy?
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