This past Saturday our church hosted a special family day event at one of our parks in our town. There were games, crafts, food, dunking booth, and also featured was a juggling act with presentation of the Word of God. The juggler was fascinating as he added one element after another until he finally placed a can with a board on top, stood on the boar,d and as it rolled back and forth, was able to continue juggling 3 different objects -impressive!
Most of us wouldn’t even begin to try such things, or would we? No, I don’t mean in the same way; but aren’t we good (or at least think we are) at juggling things in our lives? As our lives seem to get busier and busier, we begin to juggle our time, which includes all sorts of things: time for family, our devotions, calling our friends (not texts), meals together with family, sending cards of encouragement, helping someone in need. We often are even juggling our finances, (robbing Peter to pay Paul).
Many say, “Oh, but I’m good at multitasking (juggling several things at once), but are they really? Recently in the “Daily Bread” devotional it said, “Multitasking made it more difficult to focus their thoughts and filter irrelevant information. Maintaining focus when our minds are distracted can be a challenge.” (Kimya Loder)
When we are tempted to juggle our “lists and schedules” let me encourage you to choose the important things over the urgent; keep your focus on the Lord and what He would have you do. Let Him order your steps (Psalm 37:23) so you don’t get caught up with trying to juggle 24 hours of overwhelming pressures and problems along with your normal everyday responsibilities. (“In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” Prov. 3:6