What Matters Most to YOU?

Introduction

Found this book Every Monday Matters by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza.  As I have purused the book, I have decided to create a ETM blog series, Every Tuesday Matters, since I missed getting started on Monday.

Quote: Everyone has the POWER OF GREATNESS.  Not for fame, but greatness. Because greatness is determined by SERVICE. -Dr ML King, Jr.

So from the first make today matter here are some facts:

Average person spends:

  • 100 hrs a yr commuting to work compared to 80 hrs of vacation time.
  • 91 hrs a week at work for dual-career couples with kids
  • 1.8hrs a day doing household activities
  • 2.6 hrs a day watching tv
  • 8.6hrs a day sleeping

WOW! This is alot of time we spend on stuff. And this is a wonderful thought and it has been a part of my life even though I haven’t had these words:Time is a non-renewable resource. Once it’s used up, you can’t get it back.

How many times have we regretted not taking the time to do something like make that phone call to a friend or sending a text of encouragement to a niece or nephew? We use time on things that matter to us: family, friends, prayer life, worship, work, play etc… But is that all? Hmm, I wonder?

So for this week I challenge you:

  • Stop & think…make a list of what matters most
  • Create a list of how you spend your time each week
  • Organize: what is required and what are optional & wastes time
  • Rearrange schedule and reduce optional stuff
  • Spend more time on what matters most
  • Don’t waste time!

Are you up to the challenge? I am going to try. Leave comments on your progress. This is the beginning of something new!

Time spent on what matters most is never a waste of time.

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Community – can’t live without but they can drive you crazy!

This weekend is our presentation of a play we have been working on for WEEKS! Even though it feels like months. It has been a roller coaster ride. Of the original cast of 12, 8 survived and another was added not in the original 12. So nine people have been in each others’ lives for a while and that can be nerve racking. Especially when some don’t show up for rehearsal or late to rehearsal driving you nuts waiting for them or covering for them because they said they would be there in 10 minutes and it takes them 35!

Kinda like a family: there is always something going on to throw a monkey wrench in the mix and who knows what they are thinking keeping dinner waiting and they mosy(is that the correct spelling?) in like nothing is wrong and they knew you were waiting on them.  Ugh!!!

I think God understands this also: always waiting for us to acknowledge that we are not keeping track of time NOT spent him.  God knows our heart, yes but God still wants us to be on time with our prayer life, our worship life and out missional life.  We have responsibilities as Christians that we don’t take seriously enough, like my fellow actors, being a little disrespectful to him and others that need us to give our full attention.  Keeping our promises, our covenants with one another as well as to God.

Here something to think about, ponder over: what if Jesus had the same attitude we have?  What if he was late for passover, thus throwing the whole scheme off? Getting to the garden a little late and the soldiers got tired of waiting to arrest him and thus putting the whole timing off? Or Jesus just plainly said to his Father, “Man I am not going to do this, I don’t want to now!” What if?

So are you a follower that has your own set of standards or are you holding to the standard Christ has set for us? Thank about it-

Peace

Strees Test!

Ok – getting older can suck… I mean really suck.  Back in 2008, I had a headache for several weeks. With my history of allergies, that is what I knew it was but it lingered, like on the back burner simmering, never really bad enough to take meds but never going away.  Someone asked about my blood pressure. My blood pressure? Nothing wrong with my blood pressure until someone just gets on my last nerve!  I was “encouraged” to see a doctor – which I really needed to do, not having one listed as a Primary Care Physician on my insurance.  Went, took my blood pressure, checked my weight(OMG!) and then asked why I was there. Headache. How long. Too long. Your blood pressure is in the pre-hypertension area. WHAT!? And you have super sensitivity(bp was 145/100 – most people not a problem). And that means? You will have symptoms others don’t have until it gets higher – you one in a thousand that this happens. Oh wow, finally becoming one in a something and it is my health!

So I began meds and the headaches went away. But miss a day and it is back! So I have to become chummy with my doctor and when I move I get to find one immediately so meds can continue. Which brings me to last week when I had an appointment to see the doctor so I may have meds prescription filled – running out and was cutting it close. Every doctor has a routine and my new friend was no different. He has an ekg run on me – ok no problem. At least it wasn’t a needle! Comes in and says: Don’t like what I see on this. This l;ast part of the heart beat should not be a straight line(was only after three to four beats). I am sending you to get a stress test. WHAT!?(in a high pitch voice in my head but said calmly to the doctor). 

Yes, and I will get an appointment as soon as possible.

GREAT! Just what I need is to have to stress myself over a stress test! But it is walking on a treadmill right? Yes! I can do that. But what he didn’t tell and the tech did when I got there, needle was involved! An iv to put in NUCLEAR stuff in to take pics of my heart – not once but twice! It was in a lead box! I was about to be juiced up with stuff that causes cancer! And I had to sign a form understanding that there were side effects(fortunately no added limbs growing out) and what was the last on: DEATH.

Ok I don’t have to get on a treadmill – heart rate is rising. And it nearly shot out the top of my head when she tried to get the needle in – twice and blowing both veins. I was a mess. I got dizzy, and I was trying to be strong but cramp that hurt.

So ER nurse helped out, pics done and I was hooked-up for the treadmill. Went about 6 minutes. Doctor asked if I had any tightness and needed to stop. No tightness, but my hip is hurting(bursitis), can I stop.

Took dr couple of days to call, which sorta said to me Things are not life-threatening. And when I got the call, I got upset: I would have to see a cardiologist and have an angiogram. So I was to see the dr that day.  Yes there was a small something in one of veins – what else could happen!!? God am I really falling apart or what! Be still my chaotic spirit.

Now I am waiting for the cardiologist to call me. It has been a week. So is it life threatening? Apparently not or I would be there but it hasn’t stopped me from worrying and stressing and wondering what is next – which right now is finishing up college hours, play performance, voice and piano recital, and lastly a class pottery show.  Not much going on –

But it did make me pause: I was doing the worrying, I was stressing, I was taking all this on myself. I finally shared with others what was going on and the burden is lighter. I also remembered God’s promise through Jesus that I was not alone and have access to a peace beyond understanding.  I need that peace, I forgot I have that peace if I just stop and tap into it.

Which I did last evening: I was asked to assist in presenting a labyrinth walk to a group of high school youth.  I got the space ready and walked the labyrinth praying for what direction was waiting for me, why is taking so long, what am I suppose to be doing in the here and now?  And it was just that: explaining to a group of youth how to use the labyrinth as a prayer tool.  As my Grandma would say, “If it was a snake, it would have bitten you.” And it did. I said a prayer of thanks. And God said, “You’re welcome” by raining grace all over me.

So what have you been stressing about? Remember who can handle so much better than us.

Peace-