Choosing A Simpler Life
RAMBLINGS from Lacy’s dad – Last evening after dinner Lacy told me we needed to go put gas in the Jeep. Translation: She wanted to go ride around for a while. Unfortunately, I had some unfinished computer work to do responding to two different emails…so we went 5 minutes down the street for gas, and got home 75 minutes later.
As we were driving around listening to music and taking in the countryside, I suggested we check with Connor to see if he’d like to ride around with us. Lacy gave me that “do we have to?” look. I reminded her that in less then three weeks he would be leaving for college. She suddenly became very inclusive and encouraged me to ask him.
Yesterday at the office one of my newer associates walked in and sit down to talk, as I was working on the computer trying to get some important info out for a meeting on Thursday. We talked for a minute before he planned to head out and work. I could see he needed encouragement, and five minutes later we were in my car together talking and working together for the next four hours. When I dropped him back off at his car, he sincerely thanked me for helping him do more in that afternoon then he could in a two months by himself.
I’m not sure he was accurate, but there were a few people I knew that he got to speak with and might not have otherwise. None the less, it seemed to help.
In both situations I had legitimate stuff to do, yet tabled it for others. At those moments I felt like they needed me more then my work did. I have found that work is always there. It is selfish, and demanding, and would prefer my attention 24/7. I also realize when I die and go to meet my Saviour, that is not necessarily the work He will be interested in.
Surprisingly, this morning I have work waiting on me again. It cries for me from my Inbox. It petitions me for time from my calendar. But after reading Solomon’s ancient writings I am reminded that there is a time for everything. Today he might say, “There is a time for email and there is a time for Facebook, there is a time for work and there is a time for play, there is a time for meetings and there is a time for riding, there is a time for man and there is a time for God….”
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; (Ecclesiastes 3:1-4)