Friday, October 5, 2012

Life is Full

Anyone that asks, "How are you?" is likely to hear me simply say, "Busy." If I were to rattle off my schedule for this week and next, you might think I was out-of-my mind for having so much on my plate. Most days are jam-packed from beginning to end. I was starting to feel stressed earlier this week but really took time today to consider how blessed I am to be giving time to my priorities.

Busy sounds negative, but all the activity in my life right now is positive. So life isn't just busy. Life is full.

Socrates said, "Beware the barrenness of a busy life." I have had that kind of busy in my life. I have had days that I got all the items checked off my to-do list but didn't do anything that was important to me. We feel most empty when we aren't devoting time to the things we value. My current kind of busy is such a blessing because I am busy doing things that I think matter.

Ecclesiastes 4:5 says, "Fools fold their hands and ruin themselves." When we are not busy, we can live to regret it. (1 Tim. 5:13, Ecc. 10:18) With all that is going on, I am not wishing for a slow day. I am not yearning to be alone or to have a day off. I just want all my activities to have a pay-off in God's kingdom. Part of what I am working to do is bring up two boys that will serve Him.

This week, I have been talking to Adam about going the "extra mile." I asked him to take three more bites of his dinner the other night. He ate five bites and winked at me. It melted my heart and made me so thankful to be his "preschool teacher." Levi's speech therapist told me today that he couldn't be doing any better and that she was so pleased with what is going on at home to further his progress. Can you imagine how that made my heart swell?

Today we went back to the university to interact with the physical therapy students. I brought Adam along and feel so incredibly thankful that he is the kind of boy I can take just about anywhere.

Adam was fascinated with the air blowing his shirt up!
One of my favorite pictures of him ever taken
Did you notice that I was too tired to put my watermark on any of these?
This fence looked like the top of a castle. Adam innocently asked, "Do you know where the moat is?"
In his song, "Beautiful Boy," John Lennon sang, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." Make some plans today to do something that matters to you. I hope you will find yourself feeling full, instead of just busy.


Anonymous said...

Great reminder; great post! :)

Kenna said...

Well said and what a beautiful encouragement to anyone who reads it. I know I smiled! Thank you for sharing your heart and wisdom yet again! Love you! Kenna :)

Leah said...

Great thoughts! :) See you in the morning!

Jenny said...

Beautiful April :)

Laura said...

I enjoy each and every one of your posts but this month I've really enjoyed them! Your words capture what I feel in my heart too!