After I wrote yesterday's post, HOW DO THEY DO IT?,I really did dig up my time management notes and sit down to plan the week ahead, and as I did, a great big lightbulb went off in my head, which led to a post on my other blog, which I am copying here because I really do think it's an insight worthy to be posted twice.


"I will praise You, for I am fearfully
and wonderfully made."
(Psalm 139:14a)

Did you know that you are a Divine, one of a kind, original, created for a special purpose no one else can fulfill? I lost sight of that for a while, and in my frustration, wrote a post on my other blog which you can read here, if you are interested.

As I wrote, I had a flash of insight. I have been trying to compare apples to oranges. This was confirmed as I sat down to schedule my week in a planner. I really was trying to cram more than what is humanly possible into the 24 hours allotted to me, but because I was comparing my 24 hours to the surgeon's 24 hours and to my daughter's 24 hours, and the 24 hours of my single mom friends who are trying to juggle family and work, I felt I wasn't accomplishing anything.

What a difference a change in perspective can make. I was putting value on what I was getting done by human standards, which are quite different from God's. He did not create me to be a surgeon, or my daughter, or my friends. He created me to be me. If I am faithful to do the things He has called me to do, that is of the greatest value in His sight. That is what will make Him smile and say those glorious words I long to hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:23)



It's been a long time since I posted on this blog, or have even had a chance to read many of the blogs on my Google Reader. Some people have actually published 20 or 30 posts since that time. How do you do it? I'm amazed.

Now I know we are all allotted the same 24 hours a day, but at the end of mine I don't seem to have accomplished a whole lot. Instead, I feel overwhelmed by all I still have to do and haven't gotten done. What is my problem?

The other day I was at my GYN for a routine visit and she was asking me what I did in the way of exercise. So then I asked her what she did, and she rattled off going to the gym, hiking, playing tennis, biking. And here's a woman who not only spends a full week seeing patients and doing surgery, but who also has a husband and kids to go home to, and an active social life, and I've even bumped into her doing her shopping at Costco. Plus I'm sure she must attend seminars and such to keep updated on all the latest techniques, and who knows what all else. How does she do it?

And take my daughter and friends, some of them single moms, who so adeptly juggle work, homeschooling, serving on committees, preparing meals for the family, chauffeuring the kids to various activities, babysitting grandkids, hosting sleepovers, and still find time to blog, exercise, play games on Facebook, Twitter, read books, go to the movies, and a whole lot more. It exhausts me just to think of the schedules they keep.

So now I have a new goal. After publishing this post and getting caught up on my blog reading, I'm going to look for the notes from the time management seminar I took several years ago, dust it off, and give my planner one last shot. Maybe I'll get it right this time and be able to squeeze a whole lot more into my days too.