Friday, August 24, 2012

Are We Too Busy?

The beginning of a new school year is quickly approaching and I am trying to put on the brakes of summer.  We've really enjoyed ourselves and the more relaxing days with nothing to do is just what we needed.  I have avoided thinking about school for long enough.  Even though it is still August, I must get my thinking cap on.  Because if there is one thing I dislike more than the rush of school starting, it's the rush of school without being prepared!

It is time to start adding to the calendar. We have piano, and horses and a homeschool co-op.  I'm also looking into a possible mom/daughter book club, and contemplating a special activity for my youngest.  Thinking about all these activities makes me nervous though.  They are all good activities; helpful in the development of our children.  But, is it too much?

When my girls were tiny toddlers it was hard for me to stay home days on end. I planned little outings, but often times those were riddled with stress as it can be difficult getting three little girls out of the house.  I had to find a middle ground between being content to stay at home, yet get out enough to not go crazy.

I remember more seasoned moms tell me, just wait till they get older, life will get so busy you won't know if you are coming or going.  And I vowed that that would not be me.  Because in the process of finding that middle ground, I grew to love just being at home, and my kids did too. I didn't want too many events to take me out of the house.  So for many years, I silently rebelled against the busyness of life.  I didn't sign my kids up for much of anything. If we did an outside the home activity during the school year, I made sure we only did one.  And that worked.

And then they got older.  Two years ago we started putting our kids in certain activities that we thought would benefit them. And it has. Greatly.  They've all been worth it.

But here is where my title of this post comes in. While these things are all very good, what is the sacrifice?  I'm not talking about lack of meals together at the dinner table, or even nutritious meals at that. Or even the lack of family togetherness.  I am talking about, are our families so busy that we are not available to be the hands and feet for those who are in our circle that desperately NEED our help?

In my life in the last two years I have seen people die, marriages in trouble, job loss, financial difficulties, car troubles, you name it, I've seen it.  And these life situations are happening to people I know and love.  And my heart bleeds for them.  But am I, are we, as a christian community so busy that we don't have the time to take a meal, give a ride, help clean up, go grocery shopping for, counsel, or encourage our friends in need? 

So, as we plan our school year and add all those good activities into our school year, lets think twice about whether or not it really is worth the sacrifice?

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