How to fit more things into your day with less stress
Recently, I was speaking with someone and asked if they wanted to talk on the phone. Their response was that they were too busy. This post is in response to this, but is in no means an attack or judgement. It is something that has been on my mind as I too have been guilty of this especially when speaking to Christian matters.
I am the daughter of a minister. My mom would take me to the churches she was preaching at or those that interested her. I got quite familiar with policies and as my loving husband calls it, the side B of churches. We all know the side A of the welcoming smiles, coffee hours, the songs, the Good Word, but what we often miss is the community and so many who are either lost or pushed out for one reason or another.
In my faith journey, there have been churches that I’ve been kicked out of or had the threat of damnation put upon my head. Why? Because I was who God made me. I was asking questions, wearing skirts that went to my knee, pierced my nose, dyed my hair pink, spoke out for advocacy, and was just strong minded. More recently, it came to my attention how important the focus of Christ should be in the heart of a church. Not membership, not how much we can pay, and certainly not judgement of the members.
We are all human and with that we are imperfect. A church is the living body of God’s people. We have been asked to put God in our center and to love Him with everything. Then we need to love each other as we would want to be loved. The body of the church is built in the Word for those either seeking His love and mercy or to strengthen our beliefs that are routed in His Word.
If you find yourself too busy, consider what you need to let go of that is not serving you. Community is how we have support, how we can grow, how we can spread the Word, and how we can share joys. It is not something to be shoved into our weeks on Sunday. It’s not an afterthought. Have you ever tried to make Christ the center of your world?
That is something I have been focusing on the past several months. This includes reading daily devotionals, studying the Bible, talking to other Christians, and seeking out a church that is Christ centered. He is our foundation that we lay our faith upon. There are doctrines that were given to us to answer the questions we have in our souls.
This is a work in progress for me. I put on a sermon in the morning while I eat my breakfast, I play Christian music for my workout and sometimes during work, I am working with my husband on Bible studies, I read a nightly devotional, and we are getting more involved with our church. My goal is to put God in my center and the world around that.
I still need to work, clean, exercise, do chores, get groceries, and be a good wife. Shall we talk about busy for a moment? I have a part time job, working on my own career, writing music, painting, hula hooping, volunteering, being a wife, helping my mom, and helping with taking care of a household. I’m also seeking to further my education and to pick up some extra work so that I can support my husband in his dreams. I know busy. If someone needs me, I take time for them or schedule a time to talk and put a reminder somewhere to help me remember.
Life goes fast and I want to live as stress free as possible. This is still a work in progress. I try not to let the stress get so overwhelming, I put myself on a timeline, write down ideas, pray, and set time aside for friends and family without me getting too overwhelmed. To say that I’m Mrs. Tranquil would be not truthful, but I’m putting things in place to make my life calmer.
Part of the book I am writing talks about prioritizing so that you can welcome in the success the Lord has in store for you. Take it a day at a time and enjoy the ride. If you don’t want to talk to someone, be direct. Making the excuse that you’re too busy not only pushes away the person, it ingrains into your mind that you are not accountable because you are a slave to your circumstances.