Admittedly, sometimes I can’t say no. Clients call. Family needs help. But I can almost always say “wait.” Let me finish this thought, that project, or a previously promised event, then I will focus on you. I know people who think their problem is always the most important thing I could possibly have on my plate. I have news for them. And sometimes I tell them to wait just because I don’t want to give them the false sense that they can push their way to the front every time they call.
As I admitted, I am a chronic over-committer. I really love to help people.. I want to fix, mend, patch, serve. But I am only one person. No way can I be all for all people. So, now I’ve prioritized my priorities. First, comes family. You might say church, but I believe the family has to be strong and solid before the church is served in any capacity. So, our church involvement is somewhat limited. There is a lot involved in family. We homeschool, and that falls under the family category. Instead of lunches with friends, I have to teach math. Believe me, I’d rather do lunch with just about anyone before I teach math, but teaching is my priority because my children are my top priority, which is why I homeschool. With a little planning, though, I sometimes slip in a lunch or coffee with someone on one of our semester breaks or on the weekend. See how wait works?
I have a mile-long list of things I want to do, places I want to go, and people I want to see. And, as Ecclesiastes says, there is a time for everything and a season for every activity. I wouldn’t trade my days of diapers, hugs, math, kisses, laundry, giggles, dirty floors, and funny faces for anything else on the planet. What I can’t do now can wait. I’m having too much fun with my kids.