Reflections On The Journey




Posted on August 1, 2022 at 7:40 AM

Monday Meditation – Busyness 8/1/2022


I’ve found myself trapped in “busyness” several times over the years, and I’m currently in the middle of one of those times. My summer project (directing the community theater play) has required much more time than I anticipated. I’ve ended up forgetting to do some of my regular tasks (oops), and I’ve had to put off another goal that I have been working on. I’ve had less time to spend with my husband and friends, and I’ve even dropped into bed some nights without praying.


All this has resulted in stress and frustration on my part and probably also for others in my life. I feel bad that this has happened, but I have always been a person who honors all her commitments, so I’ve had to work extra hard to organize my time: plugging away at my urgent tasks and pushing off the trivial ones.


One good thing has come out of this – it has forced me to stop doing some things which are unnecessary. I usually play games on my phone every day – you can find many studies which say that working puzzles helps keep the brain sharp. I started out with two games. But soon I was doing five different games each day, and I discovered I was spending way too much time on them. Cutting back to my original two games has freed up time and allowed me to get some other things done.


I have also resolved to reprioritize my daily prayers. All I had to do was look to Jesus – He was constantly swamped with people and with ministry opportunities, being pressed on every side by needy people. And yet He always carved out time to meet with his Father. And if He, the perfect human, needed to pray, how much more do I need to pray?


It's getting better – reminders on my phone help me to remember to pray in the morning and at night. Periodically throughout the day, too, I’m trying to get in a quick prayer or two, even if it’s just the Our Father. Returning to prayer has tamed my frustration and cooled my stress level. I still am quite busy, and I will be for a while, but it definitely is getting easier to manage my time. I feel blessed that I have come to grips with my busyness and am taking steps to prioritize my life.


Are you finding yourself overly busy with many tasks? And have those tasks caused a disruption in your lifestyle? Perhaps, like me, you need to eliminate some unnecessary things and put prayer as a higher priority in your life. Who knows what blessing will you find in addressing your busyness?


Have a blessed Monday!


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