Here is the beginnings of a playset we inherited on Saturday. It will probably lay in our backyard for at least a year as many other things are more pressing.
How about the flower box my man made for me. I robbed it of it's soil and now it has become a storage facility. I need to get more dirt in that thing! It is asking me for flowers... for beauty. Or the three empty whiskey barrels that are just waiting for sweet potatoes to begin their 5 months of growth.
The thing about real life is that it is almost always unexpected and the thing that takes the most time is the thing you didn't even want to do in the first place. The whole thing can be disheartening and frustrating. Do you ever feel like you look at that long list of projects and wonder if you will ever have a fun day on the greenway watching your little one ride his bike? My husband said today in his frustration that we should just sell the house, what will we have accomplished at the end of our lives.. that we maintained our home? Of course that is when I began to panic (I love my garden), but the truth is that Jeff has a good point.
We spend so much time on our list of things to do that we have nothing left for the more important investment of who to be, and who to love, and who to bless. We spend little time abiding in Jesus because our list makes us get work done. We do what seems urgent and leave the important stuff for later... Sometimes later never comes.
So what is the answer? All I can think is that precious verse that has so informed my life. Matthew 6the Message