In this frenzied, “how am I going to get all of this done?” season, I sometimes can’t even decide where to start. Priorities become fuzzy. Panic grips the decision making part of my tired brain, and I feel like shutting down.
Sometimes I do. For a bit. I catch my breath and realize that hiding from it all hasn’t made it go away. Now what?
Stop. I remind myself that God has given me what I need to accomplish his will for me today, including time. Why would he ask me to do something that he knew I didn’t have time for? Okay, now I feel better. But there’s so much, what if I forget something? Where do I start? What should I do today?
Pray. In my role as Multitaskerella, I get so busy keeping those plates spinning, I forget to stop and ask for help. Asking God for wisdom is a wise choice. If I listen for his voice, and stay in his Word, clarity always comes.
Empty my brain. (won’t take long) I do this funny thing called a brain dump. I get out a sheet of paper and I just start writing everything that I need to do. No order, just a list. This brings me comfort that I won’t forget things. My list is long. Overwhelmingly so.
Prioritize. As I look at my list, seeking God’s will, what needs to come first? I begin to order my list. I group together tasks like errands, emails, calls. I don’t have to do it all at once. I’ve just made it manageable. Breathe.
I am resting in the truth that God is in control, that he has given me what I need for the role he has placed me in, including time. Some days are slower and easier than others. Some days I must slow myself and breathe in the love and peace of Christ, purposefully.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.[a]