Do this! Be There! Finish that! Call them!
It seems as though everyone wants something from us--family, friends, employer, school, church, clubs. Soon there is little left to give, as we run out of energy and time. We find ourselves rushing through life, attending to the necessary, the immediate, and the urgent. The important is all too often left in the dust. Our problem is not the volume of demands or lack of scheduling skills, but VALUES--what is truly important to us.
Our values and priorities are reflected in how we use our resources--time, money, strength, and talent. Often our actions belie our words. We say God is number one, but then we relegate Him to a lesser number on our "to do" lists.
Above excerpt from the Life Application Study Bible, NLT translation, introduction to the book of Haggai.
Are you feeling like you're coming up short? Feeling like you can't keep up? Feeling like you're constantly behind the 8 ball? Like you're always REACTING to life and putting out fires left and right? It's the tyranny of the urgent, right?
It's exhausting! I've been there! I know what life is like without margin. I know what it feels like to have countless to-do lists, to-do apps on your phone, computer, sticky notes on the bathroom mirror....To-dos everywhere! They consume us.
My answer: NO. I'm not as productive and efficient as I think I SHOULD be. I'm not getting it "all done." I'm coming up short. I'm not meeting expectations.
This way of living is draining, all-consuming and soooo tiring. It's hard always trying to keep up with demands and expectations which by the way, many times these demands and expectations are SELF-inflicted. We think others expect x, y and z from us, but really it's ourselves that too often put these pressures on our own shoulders. They are rocks in our backpack.
My solution: STOP. DROP. PRAY. Re-order. Re-calibrate. Simplify.
Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God [before to-dos, life's demands, expectations...], and live righteously, and He [God] will give you EVERYTHING you need [everything else will fall into place; it will work out!!!].
So if you keep doing the same thing, guess what? You're gonna get the same results. Maybe it's time for a change.
Think about it.