When your to-do list is longer than the day

Life can be chaotic.

Getting Back to Basics

In fact, everyone I know is pretty much always busy.

After all, we wear so many hats these days…husband, father, son, friend, little league coach, volunteer…the list goes on and on.

On any given day you’re supposed to pray, go to work, call your mother, talk to your spouse, swap out the laundry, help your kids with their homework, make dinner, clean the kitchen, exercise for 30 minutes, read your Bible, walk the dog, remind your kids to breathe, take out the trash, update your Facebook status, and watch the latest episode of The Middle on DVR.

And those are just day-to-day things!

In the midst of all that, kids get sick, jobs are lost, hot water heaters burst, toilets clog, the oven catches on fire, and bills are overdue. It’s easy to get overwhelmed.

You don’t think you’re the only one who experiences this, do you?

If you’re like me, sometimes you do. You often think everyone else has it all together. Everyone finds time to get it all done but you.

Trust me, that’s not true. No one has it all together. No one is immune from the chaos, and no one is exempt from life getting turned upside down now and again. Not even your neighbor with the clean car and the green grass.

In fact, sometimes, we all feel as if we’re losing at the “game of life.”

So, how do we “win” again?

Have you ever listened to an interview with a coach whose team is losing or in a losing streak? They always reference “getting back to basics.”

“We just need to worry about blocking and tackling.”

“If we do the little things well, winning will take care of itself.”

“We need to stop thinking about making a spectacular play and just make the routine plays.”

I think life is this way. When things aren’t going the way we’d like or seem out of whack, we should get back to basics.

What are the “basics”? you ask.

You’ll find them in the book of Matthew…chapter 22…verses 36 through 40.

Love God and love others.

I can’t control much, but I have a-whole-lot of say in how I do those things.  And, remembering that they are of the greatest importance helps me sort through all the chaos life throws my way.

What about you? Do you ever get overwhelmed by your to-do list?

If so, be intentional about loving God and loving others. And remember that “others” or “your neighbor” isn’t just strangers…others include your family and friends! (It’s so easy to take those closest to you for granted.)

You’ll be amazed at how focusing on God and others will start to diminish all the chaos in life. I believe it also redefines how we keep score and reminds us what winning really looks like.

I’d love to tell you I’m great at doing this, but the truth is most of the time I have tunnel vision. I focus on myself and what’s right in front of me instead of what’s really important. During those times, I need to do a better job of  “blocking and tackling.”

How do you handle all the different hats you wear? How do you keep from feeling overwhelmed by a to-do list that’s longer than your day?

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  • Elisca, the big whiner

    Great entry

    • Stephen

      Thanks, Elisca!