I’ve been racing through these last days of August. I feel the pressure of September pushing down on me. Schedules and planning and getting everything organized. All good things. Really good things — as long as they don’t take over.
Which I’ve let them do.
I can feel the anxiety. It takes over what I’m doing and my priorities are a bit askew. And then tonight, as I was reading a book I’ll be reviewing — How to Have a HEART for Your Kids (by Rachel Carman) — I realized just how much I need to step back and look at life through eyes that are rightly-ordered. And what does that mean? That means that when I view what I need to do and how I need to do it and when and what I say yes to and what I say no to and where I spend my time that all things are viewed through the filter of what the Lord wants for our family. Not what I think is important and want to do now.
And that, my friends, that takes work.
It means recognizing limits and boundaries. It means saying no to the “pressing” needs and saying “yes” to the needs of the little ones around me. So last night I chose to play cars and read books and laugh and build bridges. And I sat and talked with my older ones — and tried listening more. I worked hard letting all those things that need to get done sit in the “to do” pile for just a bit. It’s a schedule that’s rightly-ordered and surrendered.
I needed to slow down. And breathe.
The stuff doesn’t matter…..
Those faces matter.
Their hearts matters.
My heart matters.