In Part 1 of this post we discussed the concept of putting your calling at the center of your life. I have multiple callings on my life. I am called to family ministry and all that it entails, but I am also called to manage my family, care for my children, and support my spouse.
When I prioritize, I put one calling in front of another. In reality, they should work together in harmony.
The shift from prioritizing to centralizing can be difficult. For as long as I can remember, I was taught that my relationship with Jesus comes before all others. While that is true in once sense, Jesus doesn’t want me to ignore my children and pray to him or neglect my husband for the sake of a daily devotional.
My relationship with Jesus is what energizes me. It’s what inspires me, encourages me, and guides me. It is BECAUSE of my faith that I am better able to manage my family and minister to others.
When I say “no more,” I commit every aspect of my life to Jesus, not just my ministry. I am able to confidently say no more guilt, no more competing agendas, no more self-doubt, and no more inner turmoil when I devote myself to efficient management of my daily routine. I don’t always get it right. I still have moments when I’m torn and frustrated, but I have established a few guidelines to help when I resort to prioritizing.
- I use a calendar application. I know what my day/week looks like.
- I’m flexible. I ask, “What can I move or postpone and what can I not?”
- I integrate when possible. Can I achieve two things simultaneously?
- I set realistic expectations. I expect delays and calculate drive time.
- I choose to be okay when expectations are not met.
- When scheduling conflicts arise, I ask myself, “When I lay down in bed tonight, which appointment will I regret missing?”
Jesus wants greater things for you and me. He wants us to be great men and women that achieve success in His name. He desires for us to have healthy families that serve Him together. It is possible, but it may require us to operate at a higher level of efficiency.
What other tips do you have to better manage your daily routine?