Lent is almost here and I have decided what I want to give up – I want to give up busyness for the season. It will not be easy because this is a very busy season for us with travel commitments coming up, with important decisions to be made about the semester away program at the Mustard Seed Village and with new book projects I am working on.
I am currently reading Parker Palmer’s book and this quote hit me between the eyes. Am I too busy to live my own life? Only if I value it so little that I am willing to surrender it to the enemy (72)
This is not the first time that my life has tended to become too busy, in fact this is a constant challenge for me but what is probably new is that I am trying to address this issue with greater determination. At the last retreat Tom and I did after Christmas I wrote down a list of those things that indicate I am getting too busy and I am trying to take notice. I have also written down a new list of what I want my priorities to be – primarily based on the balance I talk about in Godspace. I want to make sure that the things that really matter in life – relationships with God and others, daily walks, relaxation in the garden, and just quiet evenings at home don’t get pushed out by the tyranny of the urgent.
So my question for you today is – what is the life God calls YOU to live? What changes do you need to make for that to be possible?
So will you help keep me accountable during Lent? And if so what would you like me to help keep you accountable for?