From the Rector:
Politically much of what we read today is someone else’s analysis of that is happening. I find this analysis is often very short on actions to take to address a problem. I find the same thing true of social media. People complain about this or that but offering no solutions to issues that upset them.
Not only does this happen in the realm of issues in politics and social media, it also happens in our personal lives as well. Even in a pandemic (and certainly before) I have heard the phrase “I am so busy” as a complaint or an excuse. People even wear that phrase as a badge of honor.
I’d like to suggest that in a pandemic or out, busy or distracted living is a way to avoid addressing and doing something about the problems we don’t want to deal with personally, interpersonally, and spiritually.
Perhaps if we followed Jesus' example by slowing down and going off to pray and seeking direction from God we might receive directions on places we need to redirect our energies that bring life to us and to others.
Here is an action you might want to take regarding the stewardship of your life; Do a time audit. Record, on paper, how you spend your time for one week. Start from the moment you wake up until you go to bed. No task is too small. When we are busy everything counts.
Once you’ve done your audit see where you’re spending the majority of your time. You might be surprised how much time is wasted on activities that don’t align with the value of loving God, loving neighbor, loving self. For example, the average American spends 4 hours and16 minutes watching TV (this is an average and older people watch even more on average).
After doing your audit, look at the individual tasks and ask yourself and God the question; What else could I be doing with my time? Please know this exercise is not to bring guilt and shame, but to ask ourselves what binds us from doing what it is that would bring life to us and others.
Feel free to share your audit results and your next right action with me.
Grace and Peace,