One Complaint Leads to Another
Last week’s Sunday worship was warming. We praised God for his goodness. We sang songs and felt deep gratitude to God for who he is, for what he’s done.
We were taking the attitude of gratitude home with us.
Until the amen.
We were dismissed. Unfortunately, my attitude of thanksgiving dismissed itself, too. The friend beside me was questioning why it had to be so cold in the sanctuary. Yes, I agreed, why? I’m freezing.
One verbal complaint led to more mental complaints. Many of them centered around time.
- Why is it taking so long to find Jeff in the crowd?
- What time will we ever get to eat lunch today?
- I need more time this afternoon to get things done.
It’s hard to keep a grateful heart when I feel pressed for time.
Do You Have Enough Time?
I struggle to be content with time. I have more things I want to do than time available to do them.
“If you feel ‘crunched for time,’ then you are. It’s as simple as that.“
– Andy Draft
I want more time. I need more time. Yes?
But this week of Thanksgiving—this life of thanksgiving—tells me otherwise.
It whispers, “Enough.”
I’ve always had enough. Now is enough, too. So why do I think there won’t be enough time in the future to accomplish what God wants to accomplish through me?
I want to trade my attitude of crunched for an attitude of enough.
We had read Colossians 3:15-17 that morning in church. It said,
- Let peace rule.
And be thankful.
- Let the Word dwell.
And give thanks.
To let peace rule and to let the Word dwell—which prompts giving thanks—I need to change my discontentment with time.
“Most of us feel some level of time famine. We do not think we have enough time for all the things we feel the need to do. We feel like we are starving for time. These feelings have serious consequences.”
That’s what Andy Dragt says in his new book Unbusy, that it’s not about doing more things but about doing the right things.
He says design the flow of your time so you’re free to spend as much time as it takes to achieve the important things.
But how can we arrange our time to accomplish the big things?
Dragt suggests we bring more structure, not less. Because “the opposite of structure is not freedom; it’s chaos.” And that takes deliberate intention.
“It takes work to design and live out an unbusy life.“
We have to define our values, purpose and priorities. Then plan our daily actions and routines around those goals.
Yet remain flexible within those routines.
“Be like water, and find a way to flow around the obstacles that come your way. There will be times when you need to shift into dramatically different rhythms and patterns to deal with what comes your way.”
I know my battle with time isn’t over. I still lust for more. But by being thankful for the time that I do have, my heart is more peaceful.
My attitude about time is an important part of how I spend it.
I want to foster the habit of being unbusy. Because of this: I want to live in the season of thanksgiving not only this week, but every week.
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Do you feel you have enough time? Or do you always want more? Please share your battles and successes with time in the comments. I need to hear.
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My thanks to SpeakEasy
for the review copy of Unbusy
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