Do you have a time where you can think?
I think early in the mornings. I wake up well before anyone else and I have time where I can read, think, write (that is all a part of my thinking process). I also think in the shower – often things are crystallised in my mind as I wash my hair!! I also like to think while driving in the car – which has meant that my kids have learnt to not always talk to me in the car.
We need thinking time. We live in what is called the information age – there is so much information coming at us, and so much information we can go and find. Our brains are bombarded with information and unless we process it we will hit overload. Bit like my desk sometimes – paper gets dumped there layer upon layer and unless I deal with it, process it, we hit overload and the desk is no longer a place of productivity – it is just a dishevelled mess. This is what happens to our brains too, if we don’t take time to process.
When we think we:
• Find goals to live by – we start to sort out what is important and make priorities for our life
• Become intentional – we can identify what we need to do to make those priorities become reality
• Work on consistency – we know the consequences for our actions (or lack of) and this becomes our motivation to stay on track
• Stay sharp – we learn new things, and improve the things we already knew
• Assess where we are at – for us to keep growing we need to continually assess and reassess where we are at, and what we need to do next.
When we are in the thick of directive parenting (when our children need us in every sphere of their life) it is hard to find such space in our day. Different seasons mean that we need to find different ways to meet our needs. Like I said, my kids learnt to not always talk in the car (and I’m teaching Missy 5 the same things now). Other seasons I would have an hour after lunch when my kids had rest or reading time – I would spend this time reading, thinking, or maybe creating. I struggle to be very active after dinner, after the kids go to bed, but for some that is the best time to grab some time to think.
I’m currently reading “Own Your Life” by Sally Clarkson. Here is a line that I’ve highlighted and been pondering on: “How you exercise your choices, how you choose to invest your mind, and the degree to which you exert self-discipline to follow through with wise decisions will determine the fruit of your life.” (Chapter 2)
We need to be responsible for the things that we need to do – make it happen. Of course, we need to have realistic expectations within the season of life we are in – but don’t let your mind go to mush, don’t let life slip you buy, simply because you thought you were too busy to think about it.
Challenge for this coming week: Look at your week, identify a good time (for a normal day) where you could grab a moment to read, think, pray, ponder. Then look at the things that are likely to stop that from happening – and see if you can find some solutions to beat that problem before it even arises. Create time in your life to read, think, pray, ponder.
This post was updated in August 2017
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