My to-do list is LONG and my work load is HEAVY in this season of the year. The first things I see go during these busy, busy seasons are my time with the Lord and my intentional love of other people. When something has to give, those two things lose out almost every time.
I have talked before about being intentional, about setting up my day to focus on an eternal perspective, and about how Glowing Local started as an effort for our family to be more generous. But, right now, these things get pushed out as I struggle to keep up with the day-to-day. They become the not-happenings and the I’ll-do-this-laters.
Recently, I finished reading What’s Best Next by Matt Parman - I really got so much out of that book (and have quoted it a few times on the blog already). One of my favorite things he talks about is getting creative with doing good.
Parman’s premise for his book is that our life has a purpose (to glorify God and serve others); this purpose has HUGE affects on our work - how we view it, how we organize our week, how to finish tasks.
When talking about weekly planning, he is big on making sure that we are being proactive about doing good for others. In writing down all that we have to accomplish for the week, if we don’t have items on our list that allow for us to serve, than Parman says that we have drifted from our main purpose - serving others out of our love for God.
I just love this. I usually put serving and doing good as “extra tasks” that happen if (and only if) I am able to get everything done…which these days, never happens.
Parman recommends asking yourself 4 questions when you are planning your week:
1. What actions can I take against injustice this week?
2. Who is in need, and how might I be able to help?
3. What can I do proactively for the good of my family, my neighbors, my coworkers, my community?
4. What action can I take, even if small, in the fight against large global problems like extreme poverty, lack of access to clean water, lack of shelter, communicable diseases, and the advancement of the gospel?
Wow. What if we all, as Christians, were able to add just one act of doing good into our weekly routine, being intentional about doing something good instead of seeing whether we have enough time? How much good could we accomplish if just 10 of us, or 100 of us, or if all the millions of Christians around the world did this?
This week, I have planned two small things scheduled, written on my calendar just like a regular appointment, so that I will make these two things important instead of just after thoughts. I can’t wait.
Do you make service an important part of your weekly schedule, or just an afterthought? What one thing could you do this week, to answer one of Parman’s 4 questions?