Good morning, Ladies. Thanks for sharing your Good News. You've dug beneath the simple (though true) litany of "God is good all the time; all the time, God is good" and discovered the good news that's wrapped inside the suffering. That is the richness of this life we're living.
I thought this week we'd move on to a topic that came up in a phone conversation I had with one of you a few days ago and which I think is something all of you may be dealing with right now.
That is the subject of planning.
It's confusing from a spiritual standpoint. Jesus says, "Don't plan what you're going to say. Don't worry about what you're going to eat or wear. God will give you the words. The Father will feed and clothe you as he does the birds and flowers." Then he turns around and says, "Be sure to count the cost. Be prepared. Get those lamps lit, virgins, and make sure you have plenty of oil."
There's a whole lot more in there than just "to plan or not to plan," but the fact remains that the Gospel isn't totally clear about how we should get done what lies before us. So here's what happens:
* We look at everything we have to do for school, work, church, relationships, our own personal growth, and we do one of two things, generally:
a. We freak out and stress and have a meltdown.
OR b. We decide it can't possibly all get done so we don't do any of it. Why worry about it?
If we go with a, we do one of several things:
a. We make an elaborate schedule, writing every single thing on our list on the calendar, including bathroom breaks. We resolve to stick to it, no matter what.
OR b. We look at the list and eliminate some stuff and THEN make a plan, a schedule. We resolve not to even think about the things we're crossed off and not to take on anything new until the list is done
OR c. We see that we can't possibly get it all done right now so we start asking for extensions on deadlines, delegating jobs to other people, making deals with parents, siblings, friends (if you'll do this for me this one time, I'll do it for you when I get out of this crunch)
Where do you fall in the above when it comes to planning and scheduling and dealing with an oppressive to do list? Has it worked for you? What are the flaws in it? What do you do that's different from these options? What have you found that keeps you out of the meltdown cycle?
We'd love to hear from you so that next week we can take a look at realistic planning, and what DOESN'T need to be scheduled out. Although I get a lot done I am SO not the expert on this! Trust me, I can get into a crunch with the best of them. I hope we'll learn from each other.
We always do.