“Time to go.”
“So many books. So little time.”
“Time flies when you’re having fun.”
How many sayings are out there about “Time?” Time is one thing that sets definite boundaries around our lives. We receive twenty-four hours each day. No more. No less. Let’s face it: women have lots to do. I often cram as much as I can into a day.
Cynthia Heald said something that’s stayed with me: “Time is a gift, not a possession.” Simplicity views time as a gift, not a given. I tend to take time for granted. I figure I’ll have time to do ____________ (fill in the blank) later. That way I can do ______________ now. If time is a gift, should I assume I’ll have an unlimited amount of it? None of us knows how many days we’ll walk this earth.
Some days, I tear off the pretty paper my day comes wrapped up in and empty out the beauty it holds. I fill it up with a multitude of commitments and tasks. I miss opportunities to live out simplicity by slowing down long enough to admire the beauty around me. Early morning bird-song, tulips poking up through hard ground, and snow capped mountains are some of the beauty that surrounds me. How determined I am to “X” off as many items on my to-do list as I can.
Being completely honest, I tend to focus more on my daily agenda than on slowing down to soak in the beauty all around me. Sometimes, those to-do’s, though necessary, are the good things, not the best things.
As one of God’s girls, I’m challenged to take time each morning to ask Him what He wants for me that day. Giving Him permission to hijack my plans sets me outside my control-comfort zone. When I loosen my fingers from the list, He gently takes it. He leads me through His plans and gifts me with a satisfied “Ahh, now that was a good day,” as I lay my head on my pillow.
One aspect of living a life of simplicity is not insisting that I control how I spend every moment. Trusting God to take my hand and lead me through the day isn’t easy for this woman who thrives on “working her plan.” When I surrender control, God always has a way of showing me His best. He also gives me peace when He decides to change my plans.
I know I’ve stayed with the topic of simplicity for a long time. Thanks for bearing with me as I put words to the lessons I’m learning. I promise to have a different topic come Thursday (grin).
What about you? Do you have a saying about time that stays with you? How do you plan out your days?