When I was little I used to imagine all the free time I would have when I was a grown up and didn’t have homework. I dreamed of all the places I would go, movies I would watch and fun I would have with all my extra free time. I thought life would be easier as an adult. Then came college and I quickly found my self busier than ever and I couldn’t wait to graduate. Then I graduated and was a full-time student minister at a small church and I couldn’t wait to get married. Then I got married and couldn’t wait to have kids. Now I have a kid and one on the way and I remember the days of high school and college when I thought my life was busy. Now school, a half-dozen clubs, a few sports programs and a part-time job look like easy street and I wonder what I did with all my spare time.
I guess I have always had the same 24-hours in a day that every one else has had, it’s just that my responsibilities have multiplied. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I have a beautiful wife that I love more than words can express. I love my daughter and love to teach and train her in life. I enjoy my job (well its really a calling to shepherd students and families). And I really don’t have a desire to go back to high school or college. I just remember when life was simpler and my priorities seldom ever came into competition with one another.
You see, it’s not really time that I am worried about. It is the priories and responsibilities that compete for my time. I don’t want to drop the ball as a husband, father, or pastor. Really dropping the ball in any one of these areas can have a damaging effect on the others. I guess the key is balance in spending the right time in the right area’s of my life so that I know I have given my best to God, my wife, my children and those I am given charge over.
These next few days I will be blogging on time, responsibility, and balance from a my perspective. I will share some of the tips, insights, struggles and resources I have discovered along the way. I realize life is a journey and I haven’t arrived yet. Feel free to comment and share how you use the time, care for your responsibilities, balance your life or resources that you have found helpful. I look forward to learning as well as sharing.