It’s that time of year for making new resolutions. We hope to accomplish more, grow more, and BE more. This year, I’m going against the tide: instead of taking on more, I want to do less.
That’s right. I want to simplify my schedule and do less.
I want to do less because I want more of God. I want more room for Him in my life.
When I get overloaded with commitments, joy and peace are the first things to go. And let me tell you, it’s not pretty. (Just as my husband and kids.)
Last fall I hit a crisis. I took on additional responsibilities when I was already busy with hands-on home school, including tutoring a brilliant dyslexic student and coaching a senior through college tests and applications. I had regular weekly ministry commitments, and my husband was gone 13 days.
When he returned, he found a basket case. He asked, “What happened to you? You’ve become so negative.”
I realized then I couldn’t do everything I’d been doing, and expect to be a joyful person who blesses others.
I needed to streamline my life and downsize my schedule.
Will you join me in doing less instead of more in 2015?
The world tells us that being busy makes us important. The more you do, the more you matter. Jesus has a different plan. He says this:
Jesus offers us an exchange. We lay down our burdens and our busy calendars, and He offers us his easy yoke. Taking his yoke upon us means doing only the activities he calls us to. Sometimes it means doing less, so we can be more.
Practical Ways To Take the Easy Yoke:
1. Choose the “One Thing” First
Make time with God your first priority. Remember Martha in Luke 10? The many things she was worried about robbed her of focus to choose the one thing Mary chose: sitting and Jesus’ feet and listening to what He said.
2. Evaluate commitments
Pray over your activities. Are there things you’re doing more out of a sense of obligation than of calling? What could you eliminate? If you’re considering adding a new commitment, what can you cut out to make time for it?
3. Establish Routines
A few regular habits can eliminate guess work from your life and clear your mind of clutter. I’m working on a 4 step evening routine to get a jump start on my mornings.
4. Minimize Time-Wasters
Embracing limits on television and social media free up our minds and our time.
5. Leave Time Each day For Refueling
6. Learn to Say “No” Graciously
This year I want to do less because I want more of God, more of His Word, and more of His joy in my life. I want more time for my family and significant work that matters.
Now it’s your turn. What step can you take to do less this year?