I've been pondering lately on something that happened last week. I have been struggling with busyness and how to prune activities from our lives without throwing them all out and starting new - which, personally is my favorite option ;-) A life in the ministry is not a quiet, peaceful life. It's very busy, but I love our ministry!
Glen was in Washington D.C. last week on a business trip and it seemed like everything had to be done while he was away. Grayson's best friend was moving to Arkansas and she wanted to give her a party, so I let her (and I'm very glad I did - at 12 years old, it's a BIG DEAL when your best friend moves), a woman from church was having surgery and I wanted to - and needed to be there, basketball practice, filling in for Glen during bible study, my week to teach at homeschool co-op....I began to feel overwhelmed - quickly.
Thursday afternoon, Grayson and Riley wanted to take their friends, who were moving, to the YMCA with them. I dropped them off at the Y, headed over to help their mom do a little packing (not much, really), then went to the Y and picked them up, dropped Grayson off at home to get ready for her basketball practice and took their friends home. After I dropped them off, Riley and I were headed home to get Grayson and off to practice. We had 15 minutes to get there! We rounded the corner after leaving their street and a very small, bent over elderly lady was rolling her very large garbage can down her driveway. Riley said, "Mom, pull over so I can help her!" and before I knew it, words were out of my mouth that I couldn't take back. "Don't you know we're in a hurry? W e d o n ' t h a v e t i m e t o h e l p h e r ! ! !" As soon as I said it, I pulled the car over to the side of the road. What kind of mom am I? Isn't this why we homeschool, to spend time teaching the ways of Christ? Too busy to help? Really?
While Riley got out and helped the lady with her garbage, I prayed for forgiveness. "Oh God, what am I doing? Thank you for grabbing a hold of me with the words of my son."
By the way, we were only 2 minutes late for basketball practice. We've been later than that with no excuse before! Riley isn't just the "baby" anymore. I'm going to purpose to really listen to him from now on. Apparently he's learning how to do the right thing from someone ;-)
This week has once again been a busy one, but with purpose. I'm trying to prioritize and pray over activities.
Thank you Lord for my busy life, and for kids who will speak up to even me about doing the right thing.