Coffee And Calendar


And, no I'm not in Hawaii. But I am on the lanai, this rainy warm morning and I googled lanai to see if I was spelling it correctly and lo and behold, I learned my something-new-every-day lesson. Lanai Hawaii. 

More transparency: I don't go to church much anymore, and I have a ton of reasons, ok, excuses as to why.  But I do still believe, and I listen and worship along with Willow Creek Online:

One "talk" I heard there, a while back, was titled "Butt-In-Chair" {not really} but the gist of it was; get in your favorite chair... every day...for 15 min. and meet with God. Put it on your calendar and for heaven's sake {literally} get a readable version of the Bible.

So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.  Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.
~Ephesians 5:16-17 New Living Testament

So today, I'm on the lanai, in the rain, with my coffee, bible, and calendar. 

Remember the old adage, "How we spend our days is how we spend our life?"

Put the important things on your calendar, first.

For instance, do you want to be a better dad, mom, husband, wife, grandma, grandpa? Put dates on the calendar to spend time with your kids, spouse, grandchildren. If you schedule a daddy/daughter date night once a week and only manage to make it happen every other week ... you'll have spent precious time with your child 432 times by the time they are 18 years old.  What if it only happens once a month ... that's still about 200 'dates'. Trust me, she'll remember the attention. 

Put the necessary things on your calendar, next. Working, cleaning, shopping, blogging. Plan and make time for losing the weight. Food prep is key, when the munchies strike. Get rid of the trigger foods. Right now, go do it. I'll wait.

Then schedule the leisure things. My guilty pleasure is Netflix, but I try to reserve my binge watching for Friday evenings. If we don't schedule some down time, it may be our downfall. 

Not sure who to give credit for this word picture, but it's a great one.

Pretend like the extremely important people in your life are tennis balls. Then pretend like the 'everyday things such as;  appointments, eating, working, etc. are gumballs. Lastly, pretend like the not so important things such as, facebook, netflix, video games, idle talk, political arguing, {oops sorry, got a little preachy) are sand.

Now get out a jar and fill it 3/4 full of sand {time wasters} Then put in some gumballs {daily life}. Now try to fit in 2 or 3 tennis balls. {God, spouse, children, etc.} How many tennis balls fit?  Now try it the other way. Start with the tennis balls, then add some gumballs, and finally fill in the gaps with sand.

Sometimes we live life upside-down.