Even when life is pulling us every which way, and it seems like there’s not enough hours in the day, do we find ourselves to be at peace or completely stressed out?
If you’re like me, you tend to lean to the stressed out side of things. My question/challenge is what falls through the cracks when life gets insanely busy? Perhaps it’s bible study. Or maybe it’s household chores. Even still it could be relationships. Then again it could be personal hygiene. Or put another way, how does business effect your priorities?
If I’m honest, several of those things are what suffer when life gets that way. Most often though the two priorities that slip to the bottom or become non-existent would be my personal quiet time/bible study and my relationships with others around…especially those that are faith building.
How about you? Which of your priorities suffer more when life begins to get busy? What gets crowded out? When life gets choatic, how long does it take for us to notice that something is lacking? How can we break this cycle once we realize we’re in it?
The first thing I think we can do is to pray. Not only pray on our own, but get those we trust the most to pray with us. For we know that the prayer of a righteous man is effective (James 5:16b), but there is also strength in numbers as well. Not only that, but by asking those around us to pray we are also offering them the opportunity to hold us accountable, to help keep us on track with our priorities.
The second thing that could help is to write down what we want our priorities to be. Not only that but write out a game plan or a schedule. Then send it to one or two other people (again accountability). This will make it more likely to become a realistic pattern of life, then it should turn into a habit, and once it’s a habit we can hope and pray that it’ll be much harder for busyness to overtake us.
The third thing I think we can do is to allow ourselves grace. If it takes some time to get into the swing of a new schedule embrace the failures as a chance to do better next time. After all, we serve a God who give grace to us, so why is it so hard for us to give grace to ourselves? Grace can be key when we are attempting to start a new habit.
The last thing we can do is celebrate the small victories. If you only get one or two of the priorities done consistently at first, relish in those victories. The first day that you get each of the priorities done in the order you want them to be, celebrate that. When you keep them going for a week, rejoice in that. Then a month, two months, and so on and so forth.
So I ask you? Is there something that you know needs to be done but the busyness of life seems to always push it away? If so, may we challenge and encourage you today to seek ways to build it into your life? Will you allow that thing to become a non-negotiable?
Even Especially if it means sacrificing something you don’t think you could ever give up?