Back to school thoughts.

I’ve got great friends with helpful ideas. I haven’t folded them into my life as well I would like. But they are worth sharing with you.

1. My friend Char explained how she made decisions about requests for her time. “I’ve got 168 hours in my week,” she said. “I have things in every space: work, family, rest. I have things that I am already lending support to. I have boards and projects. Every time someone asks for my time, I have to look at what I am doing and say, ‘what am I going to take out so that I can put that in?’” It’s a clarifying image.

diner coffee2. Cliff was teaching me about writing exams. “Does the answer to that question matter for the life of that student?” It doesn’t have to be an earth-shattering piece of information. But if the question is only to prove that the student read the material, the question probably isn’t worth asking.

3. “Picture a table,” Mindy Caliguire said. “It could have a feast, it could have a cup of coffee and a bagel. Picture two chairs, one with Jesus, the other empty. Imagine that he is inviting you to sit with him and eat together. And imagine that you keep running around doing stuff. While the invitation is to simply sit awhile.”

4. “At the end of each workday,” Becky says, “Make a list of the 6 most important things you need to complete the next day.” These become the list for guiding your actions. This list means that you don’t need to start the morning wondering what to do.

5. Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” What could we get done if we didn’t carry our burden of worry?


First published August 14, 2014