Thursday, June 18, 2009


I'm tired. Exhausted. Body, mind, soul. Tired.

This week, I've got a lot on my plate. Not that I have a lot of big, important things to do, but more that there are a lot of little things that are keeping me from doing the few important things that I have to do. My mind is scattered and my soul is restless.

My former pastor once told me that she believes that, for middle-class people who don't have a lot of "oppression", evil is most often made manifest in their lives through distraction. Whether its a useless TV show or seemingly important "emergencies" that come up, distraction is what keeps us from doing the work that really matters.

This week, I'm finding that's true for me. Dentist appointments, and crammed-in baby picture sessions, and a wrecked car, and worrying about a sick husband are keeping me from focusing on writing my sermon, prayerfully preparing Sunday worship, and having patience with my children.

I know this will pass. It always does. I believe that naming the distractions for what they are is the first step. Then I can prioritize.

Charlotte's awake. Its time to attend to one of the most important things now.


Alli said...

Yes, those "weeds" can choke out our true priorities and confuse us. This is a great post...such a great reminder for getting rid of (or cutting back on) those things that aren't truly important. And it's a great reminder that most of the things we do aren't truly important.

ALISON said...

Thanks. And now the sermon is written. And now I will sleep.