Thursday, November 15, 2012

A little more room


I’m a multitasking; get it done kind of person. And since I live about thirty minutes from the closest shopping area, I have a tendency to group my errands and appointments together in the same day. Normally this process serves me well – but not today. Today I scheduled myself too tightly and when one appointment fell out of place, they all came tumbling down like dominoes.

The frustrating thing is I missed out by trying to do too much. When my first appointment ran late and was ultimately cancelled, I pushed ahead to the next domino. One by one the dominoes fell because they were lined up too tightly and I had allowed zero room for error. Before I knew it, my day was a mess.

If I had allowed more time for each appointment, I wouldn’t have missed out on anything. I wouldn’t have missed the blessing of spending time with new friends, of hearing stories of what God has been doing, and feeling the Holy Spirit move throughout the day. Instead I ended up completing some ‘have tos’ and missing the blessing.

Can you relate? Are you trying to fit so much into your schedule that you don’t have time to be flexible? If the Holy Spirit prompts you to linger awhile or catch up with an old friend, can you do it? Or does it knock down all of your dominoes leaving your overbooked schedule in shambles?

I don’t particularly care for days like these, but I’m thankful for the new perspective. And with the busy Christmas season fast approaching, I plan to be far more mindful of how tightly I pack my dominoes. I know this is in stark contrast to the multitasking world we live in, but how about we leave a little more room? That way if one falls down, there’s no problem. Or better yet, put fewer in the line. Sound crazy? Maybe it is. But just think of how God may choose to use a little more room…

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2

2 comments:

Vonda Skelton said...

I'm afraid that I live like this, too. Always trying to cram in one more thing--and they're most always "good" things!

I keep hearing this message. Perhaps it's time to stop and apply it. :-/

Jennifer said...

Sorry for the dose of conviction, Vonda. ;) It is hard when we're trying to schedule the "good" things. I've found I was consuming the good stuff but not really savouring it. I still need a lot of work! :) haha

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