Sometime ago, while attempting to open a door to the office, I juggled my purse, a present to be mailed, a sack packed with old newspapers for a friend (or maybe I should say for a friend’s dog), and some files that needed to be returned to work. The handle to the brown paper sack broke and …
Juggling—can you identify?
Maybe you’re trying your best to focus on what’s eternal, while working full-time in an office by day and full-time at home by night and on weekends. After cooking dinner and helping Junior with homework, you often fall into bed completely exhausted.
I think that balance should be our desire—making God and family our first priorities and admitting our juggling limitations. We can simplify our lives as we practice the fact that we just can’t be all things to all people at all times.
“Okay, Mary,” you might be saying, “That’s easy to say, but how about putting some shoe leather to those words?”
Well, there’s a verse in the Bible (Ephesians 2:10) that tells us that God Himself prepared specific works for us to do. No, not just works—good works. My desire is to know God so well that I actually choose the activities and jobs that He has specifically designed for me. He makes my paths straight as I spend time in His Word, ask His advice, and follow His leading.
Quite frankly, a lot of times finding the right balance is hard. It means that I have to say “No” to some of the good things that I really want to do in exchange for the best things that God has for me … wonderful things to come that I might not even be aware of.
Here are some questions that you and I could ask ourselves:
- Read Luke 10:38-42. Why did Christ say that Mary had chosen what is better?
- What are my goals for today? For this week? For this year?
- Which goals are realistic? Why do or don’t my goals match God’s desires for me? (If you are married, discuss this with your husband.)
- An old Chinese proverb says, “The glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time you fall.” How can remembering this encourage you today … this week… this month?
The hours in my day often can’t possibly hold all that I plan to pack into it. Although it’s going to be a life-long process for me, I so want to follow God’s will and choose only His best. What about you?
© Mary Mary Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
Mary May Larmoyeux and her husband, Jim, live near Little Rock, Arkansas. Family is very important to her—just ask about her six grandchildren. She also loves anything to do with the great outdoors. Her articles have published in The Family Room, Discovery Years, Fresh Outlook, Maumelle Living, AY Magazine, etc.. She has a blog for grandparents, The Grand Connection, and also is a regular blogger for The Marketplace Connection. Mary has written several books including Help for Busy Moms: Purposeful Living to Simplify Life and The Grand Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart.
How do you determine your priorities?
More articles by Mary Larmoyeux
- The Stresses of School (grandconnection.blogspot.com)
- When God is Silent (marymaywrites.com)
- Remember the First Moonwalk: One Small Step for Man (storywritingstudio.wordpress.com)