A few days ago I sat down in the morning, per my usual routine, to make my daily to-do list. As often happens, there were more items to do that day than there was time for the doing.
Anxiety and overwhelm began to threaten me, though I tried to ignore their taunts.
Still the nagging thought kept creeping back, "How exactly am I going to get all this done?"
Suddenly God whispered to my heart. What He said surprised me, changed my outlook, and altered the entire direction of my day--of all my days. He said,
"Choose peace over productivity."
Peace is the goal of our days.
Peace is THE goal of our days.
At the top of your to-do list, write it - Peace.
If anything tries to threaten your goal, it gets crossed off immediately. Don't worship at the altar of busyness and allow the very heartbeat of your family to suffer.
Let me spell it out as a reminder for us all:
Laundry isn't more important than peace.
Cleaning isn't more important than peace.
Homeschooling isn't more important than peace.
The family budget isn't more important than peace.
We're better off getting only one thing done in an atmosphere of peace than crossing off multiple tasks weighing fretfully on our shoulders. I know, because just this morning I forgot the lesson already, and paid the price by handing over the mood of our home. It wasn't worth it.
What will our children remember when they leave our homes--how busy Mom was or how joyful she made them feel?
Choose peace over productivity.