It’s almost 1 am, and I am just starting this post. I have been so crazy busy, that I felt like I have been running the rat race . . . until I looked up what “running the rat race” really meant.
I presumed it meant just being busy. And that is what I have been. My hosting went down last Thursday, and I spent 2 long days trying to get it up. It’s back up, but I have been having little issues constantly and I’m trying to get it all figured out. Then I took the kids for their school physicals and Kaylin to get a contact eye exam. I’m trying to finish up a yearbook for our little school last year and get make lesson plans for school this year. I scheduled ladies activities for our church and planned the next three months of meals for our Thursday Bible study for the older people in our church. We baked cookies for the kids’ Wednesday night program and also for a get-together we will have Sunday night. I conversed with friends that I haven’t talked to in a while and did some grocery shopping. I walked twice this week (yay!), yet I didn’t get into the Word like I should have. How can I have so much to do, and yet fail to do what is most important? That is what I meant by running the rat race.
Here is a definition of “running the rat race.”
A rat race is an endless, self-defeating, or pointless pursuit. It conjures up the image of lab rats racing through a maze to get the “cheese” much like society racing to get ahead financially.
None of my pursuits are for the purpose of trying to get ahead in this world or to make an extra buck. They are all necessary pursuits, but I do unnecessary things as well: spend time on Facebook sometimes, read a good book — and can’t put it down, procrastinate and do not use my time wisely. And when I waste my time, I don’t do what is truly important.
As I read this article called 6 Actions to Avoid the Human Rat Race, I could relate to much of what was said and thought it had some good pointers. One sentence said, “we know that increasing workloads, hectic schedules, and huge stress levels get many people exhausted, unhappy, and desperate.” I am happy, but tired. We do have to make sure that we use our time wisely and that we also don’t sign ourselves up for more than we can handle.
I think, for me, it comes back to realizing my priorities and keeping them in check. I used to do monthly goal posts, so it’s not like I haven’t thought about this before. But often I don’t do what I know. Number 5 action in the above article says, “Weekly and Daily Priority Planning: There always will be external tasks and deadlines which you will need to comply with. It’s a fact of life. Still, in order to master your life, you will also need to set your own priorities in order to concentrate on your important professional and private goals. You need to control your day in order to control your life.”
We know, as Christians, that our #1 priority should be Christ and keeping His priorities our priorities.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these. things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
So how are you doing with keeping the main thing the main thing? Are you struggling with your priorities like I am? Let’s help each other out and keep each other accountable. I’ll try to remember to ask you next week how you are doing, and I’ll share how I am doing in spending time in God’s Word and having time for the kingdom of God.
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