The other day, my daughter gave me a very sweet love note.
Then towards the end of the note, my heart sank as I read this.
It was as if that one word, “busy,” hopped right off the paper. Is that how my daughter (and my other children) see me? I don’t think she meant it as a complaint or a rebuke. She was just calling what she sees. I am a busy person, a “crazy busy” person.
I shouldn’t be surprised. I am fully aware of
- the to do list that seems to never end.
- the numerous occasions I have said to the kids, “Not now” or “You have to wait.”
- the guilt of not spending enough time enjoying the children.
- the pressure of balancing all aspects and areas of my life.
- the constant feeling of being behind on everything, from chores to homeschool.
- the countless times I feel just plain overwhelmed.
Do you ever feel this way?
In an effort to help us look at the issue from a biblical perspective and take solid steps to remedy this problem, my husband and I began reading this book together.
A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem,
by Kevin DeYoung (Isn’t that a great title?)
According to the author, one of the main issues is not correctly assessing what you can really handle in a given time period. I know, for me, I tend to take on more than what I can really manage. The result can go one of three ways.
- I’ll somehow get it all done, but not without a lot of tears along the way. And, I’m no happy camper at the end of the road.
- I won’t finish everything, and I’ll feel like an utter failure.
- My plate will be so full that I have no room for flexibility. And that means having to say “no” to some things that may be more important.
In his book, DeYoung writes,
“We are here and there and everywhere. We are distracted. We are preoccupied. We can’t focus on the task in front of us. We don’t follow through. We don’t keep our commitments. We are so busy with a million pursuits that we don’t even notice the most important things slipping away.”
DeYoung is also a blogger, so he understands the amount of time it takes to keep up with a blog, and how that time can infringe on what should be for your family. There’s a quote from the book that just cut me to the heart as a mom and blogger. Shall I dare share it with you? If you’re a blogger, you might hate me for it. It’s one of those I-don’t-want-it-but-I-need-it kind of quotes. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but we will be better in the end.
But … I’ll let you read it for yourself because I highly recommend reading the whole book rather than just a few snippets [affiliate link]. And don’t say you’re too busy to read this. Make some time. It’s a short book for good reason.
How do you handle your “crazy busy” life?
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