Too Busy for Love
The phone is ringing, email is beeping of a new notification, the dryer buzzed that the clothes are ready, someone’s hollering for Mom about a lost shoe, you have to plan out your meals for the day, get in your workout, get everyone out the door to school and still get to work by 8 o’clock.
Time is flying by in the mornings and on into your workday. You have deadlines to meet, programs to learn, meetings to get to, and you must get someone hired. One kid has soccer practice, the other piano practice and the third baseball practice. Who’s turn is it to cook dinner? Oh, wait it’s mine. Hubby is at the fire station.
Those where the days that I felt I never had enough time. It never failed we always seemed to get out of the door a little past our actual time to leave. I threatened many times I am leaving you if you are not down here in 5 minutes. I would get to the end of the driveway and one of the kids would come flying down the stairs. I never left them, but it always made them go a little faster.
Fifteen years later; aww to have that time back? The hugs, smiles, tears and laughter of having younger kids. Life was busy, chaotic at times, but it was filled with joy, fun, and love.
The day my daughter asked me what was wrong I knew I had made the right decision to change careers. (RN Health Service Administrator of a large county jail to school nurse). I told her nothing, and asked why? Her response, because you’re smiling.
Working under stress is not healthy. Worry does not help either. God made my path straight and moved me where he needed me.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6.
We may have been busy with raising littles and working our careers, but we took time to learn and teach our children of God’s love.
My children are now in their 20s, time still feels like it is flying. The holidays are coming quicker, as well as birthdays.
Now that I do not have to physically take care of my children, I have found I have down time.
You would think my house would be spotless, my laundry would be done, and I have time for everything I need to do. Wrong.
My life now is writing, educating, coaching and continuing to work full time. I am still making sure I am not too busy for love and emotional support for my family when they need me. Learning to be present with everything I do is challenging.
I can easily get wrapped up in creating and working that I lose track of time. Understanding and being present in everything I do takes practice.
Seeking to listen first and not jumping to fix the problems is what I am currently working on.
Being still and listening for God’s direction, then actually doing what He is directing is difficult when life is chaotic.
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. James 1:22
Learning to show love and patience in everything I do is in the forefront of my life now.
Taking time to slow down, breath and watch the sunrise in the mornings and sunsets in the evening, doing what I can I can do in 5 minutes and being done is the direction I am taking.
Switching from multitasking to single tasking- OMG. I am battling. When I wash dishes or do laundry, I take time to be grateful and pray or talk with God. Refocusing on what I am doing right then and now. Pulling my mind back to the present when I am thinking of things I need to do that are not related to my current task.
Making the time to show love, supoort and kindness to all those around me in this fast-paced world.
Corrie ten Boom once said, “That if the devil can’t make you sin, he will make you busy.”
Slow down, enjoy life, love the ones around you and live out your purpose. Make time to show love and kindness, you should never to busy for this.