I thought I was there for a meeting about school. I’d been asked to serve on a strategic planning committee for the school my kids attend, and they’d scheduled a kickoff meeting for Saturday morning. But as I listened to remarks about the importance of being strategic and having a plan, I knew it was about more than the school. God was speaking to me about my home.
In 1999, I left my legal career to have more time with my kids, who were toddlers at the time. But God was showing me in that meeting that I had managed to generate just as time-consuming a workload in my home—writing books, blogging, and handling various other projects weekdays, evenings, and weekends. I love what I do, so it didn’t bother me that “work” was bleeding into other facets of life . . . until God opened my eyes as to how those other areas are being affected. I saw things I could be doing in my home, my marriage, and with my children, but couldn’t because of all the other things that “have” to get done.
So I’m prayerfully working on a strategic plan . . . for home. I’m setting times in which I will focus on work and times in which I’ll put the work aside. I’m resolving to resist additional writing projects that seem small when I say “yes,” but nevertheless take hours to complete—hours better spent handling what’s already on my plate. And the exciting part . . . I’m jotting down ways to be more proactive in my marriage and with my teens. I can’t “let life happen” with my family while being strategic about everything else. They’re the ones about whom I need to be most strategic, and in particular, strategic about protecting my time with them.
I don’t know what this will mean overall or how it will look. I’m not even sure what it will mean for this blog. But the Lord has gotten my attention. When He starts pruning and shaking up the status quo, I hope to have just one response: “Whatever your will, Lord, let’s do it.”
Has God gotten your attention lately about the need to make fundamental changes at home or elsewhere in life? Are you willing to make them?