Establishing routine can be an extra challenge for a procrastinator. I struggle a lot with this one!
Every day there are so many variables – shifting sands and blowing winds that shape and reshape our days. Purposeful living seems to drift away as the variables take over. It is critical that we drive into the ground some firm timbers on which to build.
I love that advantage of routine! It enables me to do the most important things.
What ARE the most important things? That’s between you and God. It helps me to spend time with the Lord and with my husband to determine the critical things that need my attention. It takes discernment because the most important may not be the most urgent. And our lists will be different. We set our routines based on our priorities.
I once heard a great idea from Lysa TerKeurst of Proverbs 31 Ministries. She explained in a radio interview that she was overwhelmed by trying to meet the demands of family, household, and ministry. She asked her husband to tell her his “top three” – the three things that were most important to him for her to do. I recall that one of them was to have the house in reasonable order when he came home. That concerned him more than smelling supper in the oven. Therefore, Lysa focuses on picking up the house before he arrives – rather than spreading herself over a half dozen chores in an effort to please.
I drift away from what counts. It’s time for an update from God and my husband – who would like to smell supper! Then I’ll know what timbers of routine to drive in the ground so the shifting sands of unfocused thinking and blowing winds of activity don’t take over the landscape of my life.
This week, let’s seek God for direction, and, if it applies, ask our husbands, too, for their perspectives on the most important things we should do. One of mine might be supper at 6:30. What is one of your important things?