Day 3: Finding the time to love your neighbor
We read books and magazine articles on how to simplify. We hire professional organizers and efficiency experts to help us squeeze the most out of every inch of every day.
It’s hard to find time to visit with a neighbor or have coffee with a friend. And it takes time, real time to show people we love them.
So how do we do that? How do we add that to the steep pile of things still waiting to be done? We start by making it a priority.
Take three days and clock yourself. Where are you spending your time now?
Of course there are seasons in life – times when other circumstances make it difficult for you to have much control over your day. But is there room in your day to give a percentage back to God by showing love to others?
Even if you don’t have a free hour in your week, could you combine some activities? When you are buying groceries for yourself, could you pick up a few items for your friend whose mother is in the hospital? When you do the laundry, can you pull out the clothes that are too small and drop them off at a resale store that benefits others? When you’re waiting at the dentist’s office, could you call or send a card to someone who is struggling? When you’ve got the lawn mower out, could you cut another yard?
And finally, once you’ve found extra bits of time, can you let go of perfection? Your sister – the one with a house full of the stomach bug – doesn’t care if you made soup from scratch or if it came in a can. She just cares that she didn’t have to make dinner and she likes knowing she’s loved by you. She isn’t looking for a Pinterest experience. She’s hoping for a personal one. And you? You can do that.