Confession: I don’t often floss or recycle.
Ok. Calm down. Don’t throw any tomatoes. Step away from the unsubscribe button.
I realize that for many of you flossing and recycling are sacred.
I also realize that they are both super, really, extra special, very important things to do. Times ten.
However, the fact remains, that I don’t always do them. Brushing works just fine for me.
The List of Important Things Is Endless
As moms, there are a whole lot of of super, really, extra special, very important things we can do. And there are lots of people, magazines, tv shows, dentists and doctors telling us we need to do them. All of them.
Here’s a sample:
- Exercise at least 30 minutes 3 times a week.
- Drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water every day.
- Always sit ergonomically correct when using the computer.
- Lift weights regularly to fend off osteoporosis.
- Don’t let your kids watch more than 30 minutes of TV.
- Never, ever raise your voice to your children.
- Don’t let your child see that you’re frustrated with them.
- Make sure your children eat lots of spinach and broccoli.
- Share the Gospel regularly.
- Read your Bible daily.
- Pray without ceasing.
- Love your neighbor as yourself.
All of these things are very important, but it is impossible for us to execute ALL them 100% of the time.
We have to learn to let things go sometimes. We need to know what is important TO US and let go of the things that, while important, are not priorities right now.
One Thing At A Time
Imagine a child walking in to the first day of school and the teacher saying, “Ok. We need to read Chaucer, then do some Calculus, a little Mozart and we’ll wrap up with AstroPhysics.”
Those are all important things. But they are NOT important, in anyone’s estimation, to a first grader.
God does not address all of our faults and shortcomings at the same time. Neither should we. And sometimes progressing in one area means postponing progress in another.
Imagine if a football player shows up to practice and the coach says, “First we’re going to work on our jump shot, then zone defense, free throw shooting and dribbling.” Those are all important skills….for a basketball player, not a football player.
When we don’t know who we are, where we are at, and where we are headed we get distracted by all the “important” things….because they are all around us.
Most mothers deal with comparison. We feel bad because “Mrs. So and So” does such and such…and that’s REALLY important.
But is it really important to YOU? Is it what God wants YOU to be doing right now?
Spend time with God. Listen to His still small voice. Know your purpose. Pick your priorities. Do the next thing.