Belinda's post yesterday blew me away. Those five "What If" questions she asked herself were profound in their potential to change her landscape and how she fits into it over the next several days. By the time I reached the last of her questions, I was already formulating my own list...
- What if I figured out the most important things that are possible to do today (or this week?, or before that deadline, etc, etc)
- What if I didn't worry about the myriad of things that cannot get done?
- What if I made a list of those things that cannot get done so that I don't forget them - and then I scheduled blocks of time to do them at a later date?
- What if I keep on weighing what is most important, in order to make sure I keep my promise to get back to those things?
- What if I -in sorting out the above questions - make sure God/family/other priorities get all the time that rightfully belongs to them?
I am experiencing a time right now when I am sitting on the sidelines for a bit. I am home for two weeks recuperating from elective surgery. There are many changes going on in my inner life right now and the timing seems perfect to add this My emotional response to Belinda's "what if's" this morning was immediate -
- What if, as part of my recovery, I don't go back to living from crisis to crisis?
- What if I were to begin right now to live my life much more intentionally and less by "what I feel like doing" right now?
- What if I began to incorporate these questions into my lifestyle and asked them, not just at times of crisis or time pressure, but what if I asked them of myself every single day?
- What if I were free - really free - from the tyranny of the urgent?
I thought about how when I get back into the game in the next couple of weeks, I want to do like I "saw" Belinda do as she was crossing her river. I want to hop only on those solid stones being pointed out to me. I realized that I have spent much of my time in the stream, reacting to the river's current, instead of rising above it... And so I asked myself one more question...
"What if I get up early enough to wait on God for his game plan for the day? What if I trusted him to show me the right stones to tread upon instead of waiting until my strength is wasted from fighting the currents and splashing through the water on my own?"
Dear readers, I hope to answer that question next week at this time. Stay tuned for a progress report. And thankyou for providing me with a little accountability!