What is my “School Year” demon?
The busyness of crazy schedules and long to-do lists.
Back to school is a time when I have to swallow the pill of going back to work with the idea of schedules, homework, practices, teaching, and the ministry God’s given me.
If I think about it too long, or as the sum of all that has to be done, I am easily overwhelmed. So, I will often break it down in to smaller to-do lists to make the pieces seem manageable.
What happens though is that I am often consumed by the list. There are times when I feel like I’m having an out-of-body experience as “I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate” (Romans 7:15).
- failing to notice what is going on around me.
- failing to hear my kids call for me ten to twelve times before they start calling me by name to get my attention.
- failing to appreciate my husband for the way he selflessly tries to take things off my list.
- failing to love my husband intimately because I’m exhausted from trying to accomplish the list.
- And at times it’s as if I’ve been possessed by a fire breathing dragon that burns people with her words when they dare to interrupt accomplishment or add anything to her schedule.
All those things I hate that I do.
So, I have a new resolve:
I will take each moment.
I will not let the sum of the moments overtake me.
I will take the moments of my husband’s embrace instead of huffing as he keeps me from what’s next.
I will take the moments my daughters are begging me to play a game, have a question, or want to bake and make a mess of the kitchen even when I “don’t have time.”
I will take the moments a family member, friend, or stranger completely interrupts my life as opportunities to love.
I will take the moments for what they are: gifts.
I will take my first moments in prayer, “God, here’s my list. Accomplish in me and through me only the things on Your list.”
I will enjoy the gifts of today instead of worrying about tomorrow.
If not, I run the risk of missing out on both.
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