I think I’ve experienced a month in the last few weeks. It’s just been very busy. People. Message preparation. Some writing. More people. Fortunately, few meetings. (The one setting more than any other that tends to drain my energy!)
I’m not complaining. After all, I’m not the only one who feels tired or who is having a busy week.
Yet, when I am really busy–maybe too busy–I start slipping. Like the other day, when Charlotte and I were to meet with a family. She was at school. I was at work. We were going to meet somewhere, that afternoon, after school and work (I thought) and drive together to meet this family. It was just about time to leave. I called Charlotte on her cell phone. No answer. I called again. No answer. I could feel myself getting tense. "Where is she? We are going to be late!" Finally, I managed to reach her. "Uh, we are supposed to be there in a few minutes." (It actually took much more than a few minutes to get there.) "We are going to be late." Then she said that I really didn’t tell her what time we were to meet or even where we were supposed to meet."
"Sure I did! Don’t you remember?" (Even as these words came out of my mouth, I began to wonder.)
Well we were late. My fault. I didn’t communicate. It was primarily because I was overly busy. When I get overly busy, things begin to slip.
- I forget to communicate a couple of important details.
- I get on-edge, maybe speaking sharply or making a big deal out of nothing.
- I become easily frustrated.
One thing for sure–Jesus was very busy. He did not allow his schedule to interfere with his relationships. He had a way of living fully in each moment instead of packing a day so full that each moment becomes a blur.
When all is said and done, my family will not cling to my schedule or my calendar. They will cling to memories of how we interacted from day to day.