by T. Caleb Dye
Matthew 22:37, “and [Jesus] said to them, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’”
Well, it is the beginning of a new school year and this means hectic scheduling for all, regardless of whether you are a child or a parent. It can seem almost impossible to have enough time to get everything done and not run yourself absolutely ragged. I completely understand the weight this can have on a person. My wife and I both are students, have jobs and an infant in the house. So how are we going to get it all done?! As Christians, we want to make sure that we go about our day with a good heart and Christ-like attitude so that we are not just slugging through the day, but living a life that reflects who we are in Christ. Here are a few ideas that might help you out in the weeks and months ahead.
First off, make a schedule of the week that includes everything that you have to do. This should include work, school, sport practices, and other things that are mandatory. This really shows the free time that you have and when you can schedule other things that are flexible. Having a schedule like this posted makes it easier to keep from overbooking yourself and gives you a handle on what is to come.
Second, make sure to use your free time purposefully. Prioritize God, family, church, and friends. God and family need to always be at the top of this list. Focus that time on what you are doing and how you can make it count. My wife and I try to tell each other the best part and worst part of our day. These answers are usually short, but it gives us an idea of what the other has been through that day and it keeps us connected.
Third, make sure to schedule some sort of quiet time for you and God. This is one of the most important things you can do in the day. I personally try to have 30 minutes to an hour before everything begins in order have Christ at the forefront of my mind. It helps to be reminded of who Christ is, who I am, and where my hope ultimately lies. This also gives me a chance to pray about my fears and troubles that might be weighing me down.
Remember, we were built for work and order, and we can survive what is put in front of us with Christ. A man once told me, “Win the day!” If we try to take on the entire week or month or semester at once, we will soon be overwhelmed, but you can almost always win the day! It doesn’t always work out perfectly, but if we stick to the plan, with Christ, we can endure.