I find the summer delightful: a break from all of the "normal" routines, swimming outside, maybe even a vacation. With my personality, however, after too much non-routine, I'm so ready for it by the time the fall rolls around! You? We cranked up our school year yesterday and I wanted to share a little something with you to encourage you as you begin the new school year:
Now is a great time to make a change,
if you feel like things need to be shaken up a little!
We got into the habit long ago of letting our kids watch a television show every day upon waking up. Sometimes if they got up at different times, it would be two shows. As I thought about this earlier in the summer, I was disappointed with myself for letting our days start like this, wishing we could do it differently.* Then my brain says to me, "Um, you and Colin are the parents, you get to decide how the household is run." And I replied to my brain, "Oh wow! You're right. We can change the routine if we want to, especially if it moves us in the direction of our real priorities."
|Day 1 of the 2012-13 school year|
Now, you may be quicker than I am on the uptake. Yes, you probably are! In the preceding months, I could have spent less time lamenting my failure to make the mornings what I wanted them to be by taking action. Times of transition - the new year or a new school year - are great opportunities to reevaluate what's going on in your life and what is important to you. Then make the necessary change or changes.
I know we're not ultimately in control of our destinies; that's God's job. He does call us to faithfulness, however. And often those little nudges or irritations in our mind and soul are an indication that it's time to take action; the Spirit is prompting. I wonder what that might be for you? Are you making any small or grand changes in your personal or family routines this fall? I love how the Proverbs challenge my passiveness (okay, let's call it what it is, laziness!):
The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
Go for it! Make a change!!
*For the record, there is nothing wrong with morning television. But it was bothering me, so I know it needed to be addressed in our family. I'm offering this as an illustration of the theme of this post.