Scheduling vs. Down Time


I think time is a precious commodity. Not meant to be used without thought or consideration. I try to use my time as wisely as possible. I’m constantly making lists to remind myself of what needs to be done. A whiteboard  calendar hangs by my front door, my phone is my safety net for keeping appointments, and I schedule times to sit with my husband to plan our weeks. Usually this is a great system and we get things done when they need to be done.

I got a little reminder this weekend however, that my time is not always best spent getting things done. I need to remember the importance of rest. Of not planning. Of saying let’s just do whatever. This is not me in any way, shape or form. Nothing in me thinks resting accomplishes anything. I’m not saying I’m proud of this. I know I need to work on balance. It just feels so wrong to lay on the couch and do nothing. Or not plan my day.

Except for me, I always manage my time. A little too much.

I was spending some time praying this weekend. Not just a little, “Now I lay me own to sleep,” deal but some real time where I didn’t put God on the clock. I just prayed. I thanked God for the good things going on in my life, told I’m about a few “lemons” and told him I was listening. Whatever he had to say, he had my ear. God told me I am entering a season where I won’t worry about the time constraints of life. I’ll get things done, move forward in my business, spend time with my family, and enjoy it all. He told me I have plenty of time. He said I’ll be amazed at how much will get done even on days when I don’t plan it all out.

This might not mean much to you, but it brought me to tears. I try so hard to prioritize, to manage my time, and to go 100% at everything. Knowing God is in charge of my time, that he sees a future for me that includes freedom from the clock encourages me so much!

I now have some new plans for the summer. I’ll still get things done. I’ll still have plenty of time for my kids and my husband. My focus though, will be less on time and more on God. I plan not to plan so much. I am scheduling days with little to no plans. Maybe we’ll spend the day at the pool, maybe we’ll clean the house and go bike riding. I’ll trust God for what comes next.

I hope this encourages you like it did me. If you’re great at getting stuff done, but not great at resting,  I hope this is a wake up call for you too. Don’t let one of your strengths become one of your weaknesses.


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