If you are like me, you’ve probably convinced yourself that you can do all of the things all of the time. I started the year strong; I was working on my side hustle, working full-time, taking an online coding class, reading the Bible, reading a book, leading a ladies’ discipleship group, volunteering for the audiovisual team at church Sunday mornings, working on my blog, and trying my best to manage my home.
For a time, I seemed to be able to do it all until I began to take on more work; I was rescheduling homework for my online classes because I didn’t have enough time, and the next thing you know, my whole schedule went out the window. I did not notice I was in over my head until my husband told me he didn’t think it was healthy.
This simple sentence led me to stop and think. It was simply too much for one person to do, but I kept trying to do it all. Eventually, I caved and had to put the online classes on hold since I deemed them the least necessary thing on my list. I thought that because I was somehow managing to do everything, I was being a good steward of my time, but was I a good steward if some things were not the most fruitful?
We all have goals and resolutions, especially at the beginning of the year. However, we should take some time to examine if we are making the best use of our time to focus on what is best. Sure, the coding classes were cool and fun, but when they began to tire me out to the point where I skipped my bible reading, it was no longer a priority. It was interfering with my spiritual growth, and I had to stop it before it got worse or before I wasted even more time. Don’t get me wrong, I was learning, but it wasn’t for spiritual gain. Eventually, I will pick them up again, I paid for them after all, but right now, my priority is spiritual growth.
Are you taking on too much? Are you even aware of this? Take some time, list everything you do, sort it from most important to least important, and begin to prioritize what really matters. Sometimes we don’t realize we’re doing too much until we sit back and think.
“So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”Psalm 90:12
SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”