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The Same 24 Hours

If I hear the phrase, "I don't have time..." one more time, I'm going to stick a fork in my eyeball.


My students use this LAME excuse almost every day, as if me giving them 7 days and two class periods to put together a project somehow isn't enough.

My children say it.

My co-workers say it.


But the person I am most sickened by in regards to this phrase is me.

It rolls around in my head all day long as I think about things like exercise programs, books I want to read, friends I want to call, things I want to make, rooms I'd like to redecorate....the list goes on. Then I get exhausted thinking about it all and how I am so burdened by this house, these kids, this job,that I just can't do it all.

Here's what's true:

I'm busy.

I have four kids.

I have 183 students.

I have a marriage.

I have a home.


And I also have the same 24 hours in the day as everyone else.

...the same 24 hours that Mozart had

...the same 24 hours that Mother Teresa had

...the same 24 hours that DaVinci had ...the same 24 hours that Jesus had I'm not saying that I have aspirations to write music or run an orphanage, but I do have goals of being a good friend, listening well, maintaining a cozy home, cooking good meals, teaching my children to write old fashioned letters and enjoying a list of about 500 good books. The idea that I don't have time is a lie and when I whine about it, all I'm really doing is proving that I'm a lot more like my 5 year old than I'd like to admit. I do have time. 24 hours - every day - no more complaining. These girls are looking to ME as a model of how a woman navigates through the world. Acting like I'm suffering in the midst of gross abundance is a poor legacy to pass on. Today, I have 24 hours - tomorrow, too. I have FULLNESS in Christ.


Let's get something straight. If you're breathing, you have time for the things that matter to YOU. The withdrawls from your checking account and the appointments on your calendar reflect the priorities of your life. If you want something, you're the one in charge of making it happen.

Today, I have time for playing board games and hide and seek. I have time for snuggles and stories. I have time for listening and discipline and bills and laundry and friends and jogging and phone calls and healthy meals and prayer and laughter and plenty of rest.

Doing things that matter, matters. Every day, His mercies are new. With every sunrise we have 24 new hours, shiny as a fresh penny. We get the opportunity to let go of what was and create a life we're proud of. Let's make it happen.

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