I’ve heard people say, “There’s enough time to do all the things you want to do in life, you just have to be disciplined with your time and use it correctly. We all get 24 hours.”
I believe there is not enough time to do everything you want to do, unless there is hardly anything you want to do. While simplicity is a good strategy, it still doesn’t make enough time.
Consider just the top priorities in your life — the things we all think we should do every day.
It would spend your entire day just to:
- Have a deep, unhurried time of devotion, prayer and personal worship with the Lord.
- Cultivate your spouse at a heart level (not to mention sex).
- Engage with your young kids in child-directed play.
- Enter the world of your teenager and drawing them out in conversation.
- Keep your body healthy — stretching, exercising vigorously, and preparing highly nutritious meals.
- Read and learn something new.
Then you add doing meaningful work, engaging in relationships with non-Christians, “doing life together” with Christians, helping your kids develop skills through sports or the arts, getting involved in the cultural, political or social life of your city, keeping up with old friends, developing new hobbies, unwinding and resting…it’s tiring just to type.
There isn’t enough time. Some things will just not get done.
Choosing what to spend your time on — and what not to spend it on — makes all the difference in the world.
And the choices are never easy.