Because some days it does not go the way you want it to.
In the world I dream up in my head, I go to the office. Have 30 minutes or so to think, reflect and plan a strategic day. I schedule all the time I need to get the tasks done. I also spend time with our team helping everyone accomplish their goals.
But this is not the real world.
The real world is that there are 47 email in my inbox that need to be dealt with. Twenty of those are left from yesterday because someone came into my office to ask a question in my scheduled time to get to inbox zero the last 30 minutes of the day.
I should be able to find peace by looking at my to-do list, but it has been over 2 weeks since I have gone through all my lists and projects.
I am barely surviving.
The biggest problem with this scenario is not that it happens every once in a while, but for so many of us, it is life. A life of constantly reacting to the thousands of demands that beg for our attention.
I’m not always the best at rising above this tyranny of the urgent, but I have had some victories over time, learned some hard lessons, and read a lot from people a lot smarter than me.
But first… what does this have to do with God.
When your life is spinning out of control, you make no room for God. Period.
Sure, when you throw up, “help me God” prayers along the way, or when you finally realize you can’t take it anymore, you will sit down and beg God for grace. But in the midst of busyness of the day when your day is controlling you, unless you have superpowers I don’t have, you don’t give any attention to God.
So what do you do?
1. Prioritize Sleep.
Vince Lambardi was correct. “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” If you are tired and worn out, do everything in your power to get 8 hours of sleep. If you can’t do it, buy Tylenol PM to help. I promise if you go to bed early and get 8 hours of sleep, you will wake up with a different perspective.
2. Gain Perspective Through Scripture.
After you have slept 8 hours, spend time in the word. Feel free to use EXAMEN.me. There is actually a topical reading plan, “7 days on facing trials and suffering.” Let the truth of scripture root out anxiousness and worry and instill trust and dependence.
3. Make a list in the presence of God.
After you have let the word wash over your anxiousness and change your perspective, make a list. My suggestion is to pray and ask God to reveal tasks and projects that are stressing you out. Write them down. If you soul is quiet, I promise you will feel the things that are stressing you out rise to the top.
4. Do it.
Block out a time. Say no to other things. Show some discipline and get to work.
5. Rinse and Repeat.
Do it all over again.
Life is crazy, but God has given you priorities. Stay in the fight and keep living the adventure he has you on.