We are more accessible and wired than ever before — in fact, some of you are wired on caffeine and carbs right now trying to read this post.
You know it’s true and I’m with you.
How is all of this accessibility helping you stay on task with what God is asking you to do? Are you walking on the water with your eyes fixed on Jesus, totally slaying it? Or have you started to sink?
At the beginning of quarantine, I dreamed of all the projects I was going to get done, resulting in a veritable cornucopia of happiness and creativity — because, after all, everyone would be home now, no drive time, all of the hours of the day available, etc.
That dream quickly died as I grew more stressed with each passing second, trying to cram in all the things I thought I could — or should — accomplish.
Even though my kids are fairly efficient at their online school work, I’m still needed all the time… breakfasts and lunches (cleaning up said breakfasts and lunches), providing endless snacks, answering questions, issuing a 100 million hugs (pretty awesome!), cramming in household chores, attending various online classes and newly added meetings, and attending to creative ventures, etc.
By way of a coaching conversation, I came to the realization that I had less hours in my day than ever before.
What? How could that be possible when I kept hearing media messages like, “Now that we’re all quarantined with extra time on our hands…there’s this great opportunity…sign up for this group…watch this webinar…” etc.
How could I be home all day and have less hours?
I sat down and took a hard look at my life (insert harsh bucket of ice water):
- The daily task schedule (breakfast, lunch, etc.).
- Household chores that needed to be completed to stay afloat (laundry, financials, etc.).
- Project work that I either needed to work on or wanted to work on, including immediate work, creative projects, and dream ventures.
Courageous changes were needed quickly, and that last bullet point was where things really got dicey. I am a highly creative person who doesn’t have a lot of hobbies per se. All the stuff I love to do, I’m pretty much doing in one capacity or another. So, having to whittle these projects down into something more manageable resulted in A LOT of distress.
As my dream of endless hours of creativity and happiness began to die a painful death, a new, even brighter picture of a less chaotic life began to emerge. I could see hours of relaxation and bunnies running through the field backed by a soundtrack of swelling strings…
OK, not exactly like that. Just kidding!
But seriously, I care about the projects I work on and the people associated with those projects. It was really difficult to have to put the brakes on some things I was really looking forward to spending time on. Not only did I have to prioritize for my own mental health, I also needed to make space to stay focused on the stuff God really wanted me to work on NOW, in the present. Let me emphasize that:
Making courageous changes creates space to stay focused on the stuff God really wants me to work on now, in the present.
Do you remember the old saying, “the devil is in the details”?
Those little details of being extra busy, and being constantly inconvenienced or frustrated can keep you from realizing the blessing God has for you when you focus on Him, and the blessing that others will receive through the work He’s given you to do.
This quarantine-constantly-plugged-in environment will steal away opportunities for the spiritual practices of rest and time with God, and the focus you need in order to stay on task with what God is asking of you.
Let’s look at 1 Corinthians 16:13, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”
If my story resonates with you and you’re trying to get through the chaos, try applying that Scripture to your life this way:
Be on your guard against the enemy of busyness. Stand firm in faith and belief in the work God is doing in your life and the path He has called you to. Be courageous; be strong, knowing that it’s okay to say ‘no’ to projects that don’t support the overall mission you are called to.
- What is God asking you to focus on?
- What courageous changes do you need to make to create space in your schedule?
- What strategies can you use to become less busy?
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