Well, I did not get the Monday musing out on Monday. So, maybe a Wednesday Wandering?
I was just journaling my thoughts for the morning (a spiritual coach has, thankfully, given me a “first 15 minutes of the day” journaling homework assignment). I began to realize how often I give my time and attention to things that don’t need either. I began to think of those things as “time junk food” that I need to cut out of my daily diet.
Having recently changed my eating habits and lost some weight, this image is fresh for me. I have come to a place of making better decisions about the food I eat. I feed my health and my future more than my taste buds. It used to be that junk food was a big part of my diet – pizza, fries, cakes, pies, etc. But now, I stay away from those things and I feel better. I am trimmer and more energetic and life is better because of making that decision.
So, with that idea fresh in my head, the Spirit prompted me to consider the use of my time in the same way. How often it is that I get on the computer and check Facebook? It’s a great way to communicate, so I am not dismissing it. But so many times I check Twitter feeds and emails and text messages. Most of what I encounter is “junk food” in regard to the time I give it. Even when I eat good food I can eat too much of it and be unhealthy. It seems it has been that way with my time.
Here’s the big insight I got as I journaled. I give myself over to the “junk food” times without a thought. That then leaves me less time to get done what I need to get done. Not thinking of the “junk food” moments, I now feel like I just have too much to do and too much pressure. The reality is, I do have much to do, I can be overwhelmed, but my “junk food” addiction is making it worse. Then, to top it all off, I feel so overwhelmed by my to-do list that I need to take time away to breathe again – and then get back to the work still to be done.
I wish I could tell you I have confidence that I can change this about myself. But, I know me and I am not too confident. Having said that, I do believe my life can be different. You see, I have one who can help me change. I know the God of the Universe, the Creator of all that is seen and unseen – and God loves me. So, on my own I spend time on the “junk”. But, if I acknowledge my failures and give myself over to the transforming power of God, I can find new life.
All of us are looking with unveiled faces at the glory of the Lord as if we were looking in a mirror. We are being transformed into that same image from one degree of glory to the next degree of glory. This comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
(2 Corinthians 3:18)
It means keeping my failures in mind and going to God with the ongoing struggle. And just as it has been a process for me to eat right and lose weight, so it will also be a process to change my time management habits. But, I have hope because I have experienced that hope in other ways.
What about you? What do you struggle with? Food? Time? Finances? Relationships?
Whatever it may be, let me tell you that the God of the universe is ready to love you and empower you to discover a new life. There is HOPE in Jesus Christ.
Holy high-five to you,