1,000 Weeds

Priorities. We set them—then we tweak them. We love them—then we hate them.  We categorize them—we even judge others by them.  I knew a woman who, during pregnancy, reserved her caffeine allotment for chocolate.  Now **that’s** a priority! As I set foot into my 60s, I find myself making similar decisions.  Sure, my caffeine intake only affects one human life—but other choices could reap more prolific consequences.

When I was working full time, each day still left me 8 hours to play with. I now have double that!  Should I live 80 years (yikes), that could be 120,000 more hours left! So yeah, maybe I should set some priorities.

Here’s a shocker: I tossed the time management system I used for 40 years. Hey. Don’t judge.  “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!”  Each day, I get to decide how hungry I am:  1,000 people to love, 1,000 pages to read, 1,000 tasks to do, 1,000 weeds to pull.  So I divide my time: planning parties, helping the helpless; studying the Scriptures, teaching the teachable; preparing the property, readying for retirement. A plethora of possibilities!

No, I don’t always get it right: after a lousy night’s sleep, I might binge on Netflix the next morning. After week of backbreaking yard work, I might fall asleep early on Friday. But, so far, it’s working okay.

Being a semi-retired empty-nester has its sad moments. But one positive is the freedom to set priorities. To practice hospitality, it’s nice to have a weed-free garden. But by the same token, I can better mentor others and move forward in my walk with God if I don’t slack on my class studies. Both have eternal value. It seems to me, life needs a little bit of each.

P.S. Check it:

THINGS TO DO TODAY    from Romans 12

—     Present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice

—     Do not be conformed to this world

—     Be transformed by the renewing of your mind

—     Not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think

—     One body in Christ

—     individually members one of another

—     Gifts … each of us is to exercise them accordingly, e.g.:

—     service, teaching, exhortation, giving, leadership, mercy

—     Let love be without hypocrisy

—     Abhor what is evil

—     Cling to what is good

—     Be devoted to one another in brotherly love

—     Give preference to one another in honor

—     Not lagging behind in diligence

—     Fervent in spirit

—     Serving the Lord

—     Rejoicing in hope

—     Persevering in tribulation

—     Devoted to prayer

—     Contributing to the needs of the saints

—     Practicing hospitality

—     Bless those who persecute you

—     Rejoice with those who rejoice

—     Weep with those who weep

—     Be of the same mind toward one another

—     Do not be haughty in mind

—     Associate with the lowly

—     Do not be wise in your own estimation

—     Never pay back evil for evil to anyone

—     Respect what is right in the sight of all men

—     If possible… be at peace with all men

—     Never take your own revenge

—     If your enemy is hungry, feed him

—     and if he is thirsty, give him a drink

—     Do not be overcome by evil

—     overcome evil with good

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response to 1,000 Weeds

  1. Lori Nodurft says:

    Romans 12 is packed with good instruction, excellent exhortation, and gracious rebuke. Thanks for sharing that Laura – welcome to the 60’s too, by they way!! What took you so long??

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