Hartlee Kirk’s guest post rang true today as I watched my fellow train travelers. Eighty-five percent had their head in their phones with a percentage of the rest taking photos of themselves. No, the trip wasn’t a commuter train underground, but amidst some of the world’s most breath-taking mountains: the Swiss Alps. Thanks for reminding me to worship facing my Creator, Hartlee!
Rare are the evenings when children ride bikes through the neighborhood until sunset, making believe with stick swords and daisy-chain crowns. Now-a-days, indulgence is considered normal (perhaps encouraged) in the way we overeat, everspend, and overextend ourselves. If it doesn’t make noise, flash, or perform a service, it’s not desirable. I’m not just addressing the adolescents of this generation rising up.
Are you thriving in this normalcy of “over”- everything?
My eyes sparkled watching an episode of “Ann with an E” when a group of young girls took turns in a circle blowing a feather into the air. Their giggles and giddy expressions escalated as the feather drifted down, then catapulted up like Mr. Freeze at Six Flags from a strong exhale.
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-16
Scrolling down Facebook posts while my son pushes a car around the yard.
Checking emails on date night.
Bing watching a show while the mail pile remains untouched.
Thinking “I deserve this moment” while neglecting the people and priorities that matter.
Giving power to these mindless activities steals away irreplaceable opportunities that should be contributing to the thriving of myself and my loved ones. Simplifying has not brought me to the floor blowing a feather into the air. Not everyone can be like Anne. BUT trimming down has allowed me to show up for my agenda more effortlessly, and even gladly.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
When house-work takes less time because there’s less clutter to maneuver around, I say “yes” to playing outside with my son without feeling anxious about my to-do list. (According to the National Soap and Detergent Association, getting rid of clutter would eliminate 40 percent of housework in the average home.)
When I open my closet and feel good about the pieces I own, I don’t have to try on four outfits to find the right one. Everything has breathing room, and pairs fluidly together.
When I wake up a little early to check some chores off and meditate on God’s truth, I’m prepared to meet the needs of others as they come with a more loving and patient attitude.
Healthy rhythms help can reduce decision fatigue, and clear head space to be used for more productive work (like being present physically and mentally).
“Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.” Romans 13:11
Guard your schedule. Do not apologize for being fully present in the moment in front of you. Create space to show up for what matters. You won’t regret it!