A few days ago, I read a tweet by Joyce Meyer: “If you are constantly rushing to get things done, you are doing too many things”. I have been chewing on that for days now. You see, I have a huge problem with time management. I have way too much to do in too little time! I have a family, a job, a church and studies. Between those four things, I don’t have any time left. As a matter of fact, I don’t even have enough time! There has been times when I thanked God quietly for breathing that takes place without me having to pay attention to it. If breathing wasn’t something that happens automatically, I won’t have forgotten about that with my daily running around.
This morning I tried to figure out which of the things I was occupied with, I could ditch. Nothing. Nada. Zero. Zilch. The stuff on my plate now, is going to be there for a considerable time ahead. I have to cope with it. So now what? Let me tell you this: I HAVE to do things differently this year. I don’t have a choice. I HAVE to make some changes. Last year my studies suffered so badly that I was taking pills to help me concentrate and study, and other pills to help me relax and sleep. I am not going down that road again. It was a brutal assault on my body.
As always God is faithful. His answer to my question this morning was just one word: Discipline.
I didn’t understand it at first. I had to think about it for a while. I think God eventually felt sorry for me with my slow Monday morning brain. So He added some more: “You have to be disciplined. Plan ahead, stick to the plan and you will succeed”.
I planned my studies out before in previous years, and even though I didn’t stick to the plan religiously, it was still far better than having no plan. At least I didn’t fail subjects then! I failed a subject last year. I don’t want to go there again either.
So this morning, I planned out my entire semester. Chapter for chapter, topic for topic, assignment for assignment. Five subjects in all. I have a plan. And by the grace of God I will have the discipline to stick to my plan. By the way, now that I have it all on paper in front of me, the monster has reduced substantially in size. I don’t feel so overwhelmed anymore.
Why do I blog about this? Well, I believe there are many people with the same problem. We are in this horrible rat-race and it causes unnecessary stress. Stress that in turn hurt our relationships with our loved ones. Stress that makes us too tired to pray. Stress that causes us to work on a Sunday when we should be resting. Stress that keeps us out of church.
Planning and discipline go hand-in-hand with self-control, a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), so here is my challenge to you today. Sit and think of your own life for a while. Where can some planning and discipline reduce your stress load?