Checkpoints

June 27, 2012

in Seeing Clearly

Check point sign © P0temkin | Dreamstime.comOne way to deal with the danger of being too busy it to have checkpoints. If you go X number of days without doing _______, you are too busy.  If you spent less than Y minutes doing _______ last week, you are too busy. If you cannot remember the last time you and your wife _______ then you are way too busy!

These check points need to include all the important aspects of your life, including your walk with the Lord, your relationship with your bride, getting enough recreation, how much fellowship you have, and health issues like sleep and exercise.

It is easy to lose track when you get busy. You may be aware some things are overdue, but do not realising how long it has been. If you are serious about not doing too much, make a list of checkpoints and go through it from time to time. Even better, make a list of check points with your bride, and hold each other accountable.

This is one of seven posts about busyness:

The sin of busyness? 
Too busy because too much is too important
Checkpoints
Playing “the kids” card
Employment and priorities 
Too busy for good sex 
When church/ministry makes you too busy

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3 comments
Megan@DoNotDisturb
Megan@DoNotDisturb

Great practical idea. Really like this one and know it is applicable to all marriages. Thanks for sharing. Megan

Phil Evans
Phil Evans

I would like to add, on the series of these posts, that one of the things that can easily take over and make us too busy is church. And it can be hard, and indeed make us feel guilty, to say "no" to church requests. But family is a ministry too, and while we can easily use this as an excuse, it is important to not neglect family. Some years ago I was blessed to receive an email from my church minister to say that they had been considering inviting me to stand for the diaconate (i.e. leadership team) of our church (and his email was thus to encourage me) but that they had chosen not to at the time because I had a young marriage and a young family and that they were my primary ministry. Thank God for such an attitude! Right now, I am on the leadership team at a church (not the same one, job change = move 70 miles away), and we are currently between ministers = very busy! Again, it is so easy to get so tied up in "doing church" that my kids, wife and God lose out. And I think it's important that we remember that it's OK, no not OK ,*vital* that we balance time. The words of the covenant prayer say, "Let me be used for you, let me be set aside for you." Saying "sorry, no, I can't do that" - even with relation to important church business, is not a sin!

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