When faced with life's challenges,
it is Important to Remember
that although Daniel was saved from the lions,
he was not saved from the Lion's Den.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

What to Leave Undone

"The whole point of getting things done 
is knowing what to leave undone".  
Oswald Chambers

I think this is one of the hardest things to learn for me.  My list of "to do's" is way too long.  I also don't feel that I have been successful unless I have everything done.  My list is too much like the family laundry, no matter how many times you do it, it is never entirely finished!  After all, someone is wearing the clothes today that I will need to wash tomorrow! 
My problem with trying to do too much is on-going.  My husband is fond of telling people that he doesn't need to do any volunteer work, his wife does it all.  There are just so many good things that need doing and so few people to get them done. 
I remember when I would volunteer to do something and there would be so many people to help that I would have to go home early.  Now, I am lucky if I am not the only one doing it.  That is so sad to me.  If everyone pitches in, the work goes fast and it is fun to do.  Then we all go home to whatever else needs doing.  
Too many people just don't want to do their parts.  They want to have to fun without the work.  I see it more and more.  It is the same women that bring dinners.  The same people who stay to clean up.  The same ones who leave early.  It makes me so sad to think of all the things that we could be doing just a little bit better, if we would just work together to get things done.
I am still planning on helping where I am needed, and pitching in where it is necessary, but I am also going to work on being a little more careful of what I volunteer for.  Life is full of good things that need doing.  It is full of worth causes.  I just don't want to be choosing a good cause, when I should be spending time on a more important one.
So today, I am trying to learn to leave the unimportant things undone, so that I can spend more time on those things that are most important.  The things that truly hold my heart in all of their wonderful hands.  Today, I am going to pause, breath and just enjoy the many gifts that the Lord has given to me.  I am truly blessed.  I am wanted.  I am loved.  I am with family.

1000 Blessings
31.  A mid-west thunderstorm.
32.  A visit to my Grand-daughters classroom.
33.  Others who love my children.
34.  All the work and effort that teachers put into their classes.
35.  Andy's Frozen Custard (need I say more!).

1 comment:

  1. I liked your thoughts. I am always trying to make a decision on what is important. My main goal is to be people before other activities.
    I like your thankful list.
    Blessings and hugs!