Friday, June 20, 2014
It's been one of those where-did-I-put-my-Superwoman-cape? kind of weeks.
You know the kind, don't you? The kind with special occasions to mark and special preparations to make and special measures to take. The kind that starts with good and wholesome desires but that can all too easily leave me feeling as though I need to be locked up in a special kind of room--the kind with padded walls.
But something important happened to me this week. By the grace of God, in the middle of one of the busiest days, a friend asked how I was doing, and I answered honestly: "Frantic." My friend pressed for details, and I shared them: in addition to the normal activities and responsibilities of the week, my son was turning 21, I was hosting a large dinner party for some important business associates of my husband's, I was preparing for an important Board meeting, and I was getting ready to be away from home for a week. With a haircut and a dentist's appointment thrown in for good measure, I had way too many things to do and not enough time to do them, at least not the way I wanted to do them.
My friend prayed for me, and I felt the stress of my busyness melt away as I remembered the truth: that the reason I was doing all these things was to bless people, not to impress them.
So I made some adjustments--a few to my task list, and a lot to my attitude. The centerpiece for the dinner table, for instance: I simply placed some hydrangeas in a crystal bowl and lit a few candles. It was simple and beautiful. I cried a little, and I laughed a lot. I asked for help, both from God and from people.
In short, I left the business of impressing people up to God, and I just tried to bless them.
And my week with too much to do and not enough time to do it turned into a week of truth and goodness and beauty and--dare I say it?--fun!
How about you? Do you ever get overwhelmed with your to-do list? Can I pray for you?