Sometimes my lateness is caused by other people and I offer very little grace. Just ask Taylor how I reacted to the missing booster seat Tuesday morning that began my day of running late. However, more often my lateness is the result of striving for increased productivity. I'm a doer. Give me a schedule and a to-do list and I will get it done - all of it. So if I can just get a load of laundry washed and in the dryer before we head out the door I'll be so much more ahead when I get home. If I can just get those breakfast dishes cleaned up before we leave then I'll be...what?
That's the question I started asking myself yesterday as my list sat next to me on the passenger's seat and I rushed from here to there: Ahead for what? Rushing to what? Ann'swords kept echoing in my head, "Life is not an emergency." My list has at least showed me the need to stop rushing if it hasn't actually produced the change in me yet. When I'm in a hurry I don't write as many gifts down. I don't see them.
Even after I had reflected on all this yesterday I found myself standing at the door yelling, "Hurry up, John Curtis! I'm leaving NOW!" What was the rush? A lasagna dinner and outreach workshop at church which I arrived at with ample time to just stand around and talk before it ever started. I must unlearn these rushed habits.
"Being in a hurry. Getting to the next thing without fully entering the thing in front of me. I cannot think of a single advantage I've ever gained from being in a hurry. But a thousand broken and missed things, tens of thousands, lie in the wake of all the rushing...Through all that haste." Ann Voskamp
62. Choosing thankfulness when you don't feel thankful - Phil 4:4
63. Running behind
64. Children's books65. Rubber snakes stuck down in the couch
67. New P.J.s
68. Cuddle time
69. My husband forgetting we don't give Valentine gifts
70. Listening to Sophie say her memory verse
71. Snuggling on the couch
72. Clean laundry (It was on my to-do list)