This Summer Needs to Be Different
5/25/2013 3:45 PM
I need this summer to be different. I need to remember to make some art, write in my journal and swing in my hammock. I need a list of priorities that makes sense. I need to do a few really important things with my kids. My little guy and I should read together every day. I need to take my other son golfing and really pay attention to him while he plays. My daughter and I need to work together to help her figure out the whole college thing. My husband and I should play tennis together and grill out with the kids. I need to visit my parents twice this summer. It's a long but important trip. I should get together with my favorite people a few time so I don't forget why they are so wonderful. I need, I should, I need, I should. I'm already overwhelmed and this is the abridged version of the "Things I Should Do Over the Summer" list.
How will my summer be different if I continue to fill my life with "I should, I need" and keep spinning on to the next thing that "should" be done? I don't even know how to do it? How do I center myself and find peace in my choices? I need a plan that helps me manage my plans. What resource to I have that can give me calm in the daily storms of life?
I know the answer. I just need to make sure that I remember to keep it front and center. My strength to navigate my list with peace and joy is in prayer. What I really "need" to do is write in my journal every day and ask Jesus to help me make my list of what "should" be done. I need to stop making my own list of priorities and trust that God has a better list for me.
If I write in my journal each night I can make a plan for the coming day. And, I can make that plan with God's guidance and wisdom. He will give me the direction I need so I don't have to question whether my choices are the right ones. Just knowing this is hope that this summer might really be different.