I've always wanted to learn how to juggle....until the juggling instructor in the community heard it was a dream of mine and literally stalked me! Now I just have juggling balls waiting to be used...someday.
Well, at Education Week I had the opporunity of listening to Brad Wilcox and his presentation about Juggling our Many Responsibilities (doesn't the title already sound like something you need?).
This was what I learned (in a very paraphrased nutshell).
Wilcox used this book in his presentation. So good!
Whenever we start to feel overwhelmed with our many responsibilities, the first thing we think about is: SIMPLIFY. Cut things out. Get rid of stuff and activities. Right? Well, even if you simplify down to the bare minimum, you still may feel a bit pulled on every side. Maybe then it's time to cut out church, or the six kids you've chosen to have. That just doesn't make any sense!
So the next thing you try to do is PRIORITIZE. Okay, well, the Church has already basically given us the order: Family, Church, Work. And still most of the time we feel guilty that we're putting too much time in backwards order.
Finally, you try to BALANCE all of your many responsibilities. If you just put everything all in compartmentalized places in your life, you'll be good! Well, suddenly when a child gets sick, or a new responsibility pops up in church, or there's a sudden deadline at work you are immediately unbalanced again. So that doesn't seem to work either.
With all of these trial and error methods of fulfilling our responsibilities without going crazy we find ourselves feeling guilty or stressed much of the time. We begin to ask ourselves, "What's the point anyway?"
The story is told of Christ on his way to heal the daughter of Jairus. The crowds were thronged about him and he felt pulled in many directions. During his journey to that purpose, His hem was touched by a woman with the issue of blood. In his rush to the home of Jairus, He took the time to pause and say to the woman, "Thy faith hath made thee whole."
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