Do You Discriminate?
The church lobby was packed with parents and their teens checking in for camp. It’s a great time to catch up with folks I normally don’t run into.
Such was the case when I spotted precious Jill. She’s one of those women I wish I had opportunity to talk with more often. She excitedly told me about the new conference she was organizing and asked if I would like to help in any way. My face must have revealed more than my mumble.
"Oh, I know you’re terribly busy,” Jill quickly replied.
“I’m so sorry, Jill. I hate that I give that impression. I certainly don’t want to,” I pleaded.
“No, it’s not that. You are life-busy as we all are. One thing I really appreciate about you is that you are discriminating with your time.”
I embraced her. “Thank you so much for understanding me!” What a gift to be understood and not judged.
Jill went on, “I appreciate that fact that you chose wisely what you are going to invest your time in.”
She earned another hug. “Thank you so much.”
When I got home I emailed to follow up regarding how she wanted me to help on the conference. Then I will prayerfully consider the opportunity and check my calendar.
When we are living out our priorities we may appear busy to others. But in today’s culture almost everyone is busy. I think what others see in us is purposefulness and intentionality. It gives them pause before they include us. That’s ok. It means we are living what we say we value.
But we also want to be a part of the community around us, so we will need to reach out to others. Invite friends to lunch or over for dinner. Volunteer in way that in line with your priorities and doesn’t take a lot of time. Make having fun a priority as well.