Where do I begin?
This is a question I often ask when the list will obviously take more time to complete than any human being has ever lived. Even, so. I used to think I could accomplish it all. No more. My eyes are open. It’s a myth.
Turns out that the tasks of life are enormous. Unless. You are one of the few on earth who have a personal staff taking care of it all, which would be a party. every. day. Obviously.
Anyway . . .
Just when I think I’m crushing it … an interruption enters in . . . turning things upside down. My list stands glaringly alone as I tend to the needs of the interruption. Yes, I have attended leadership and organizational classes, conferences, and meetings for decades and received glorious outlines of the principles and tools to manage interruptions. And, yes, I know most interruptions press in as urgent but are often unimportant.
BUT. Let’s be honest. Interruptions change the flow of life, requiring energy and time. It’s difficult, if, not impossible to balance interruptions. Sometimes interruptions are so stinking big that nothing on the list compares or seems to matter. The thing is . . . some interruptions are deeply disturbing . . . while others are AMAZING. There’s an element of insanity to the way interruptions abruptly change everything. The pressure of it all worsens when the guilt of not completing the list comes knocking on the door.
So here’s the thing . . .
Interruptions require grace as much for ourselves as others. Most interruptions require us to simplify and take something off the list. Some interruptions require an overhaul of life. Because. Life is not about doing it all. It’s beyond unreasonable to think and do otherwise.
While there’s a long list of ways to respond rather than to react when interruptions enter in, I will end with this today: Be confident God will use the interruption in the most creative ways to bring good from it. This truth is not just a greeting card good luck charm–this is to be underlined deep in the soul: We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan (Romans 8:28, Voice).
It’s all going to work out for good–Kerrie
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