Do you think your mini-van should have sponsor stickers all over it like a race car instead of the family stick figure outline on the back? Not sure if your family is like ours but if your kids are raising their hands in the air like a roller coaster ride when you turn corners it might be time to rethink sports your kids are in and buy a go-kart for them to start racing.
Let me explain something about rotating your tires on the vehicle we Dad’s like to affectionately call the “Urban Assault Vehicle”. When you take it in to get the tires rotated and the technician says, “WOW” those are wearing pretty quick on the left side of the front tires” it means that Mama is gradually accepting that in NASCAR there are no left turns, so why not be the same for a Mini-van.
My wonderful wife calls it the “Stealth Ninja”. Probably because it will go from late to just-in-time before you see her coming. It’s either that or if could break the land-speed record getting to school on time without being caught by targeted radar detectors… yet.
How about riding the shopping cart to your car to get their faster? Or do you just pass the old lady on an EZ-go just because it’s fun? I’m more on the ride it for fun side, but admittedly there are times I’m racing to start backing out before the person next to me takes 10 hours to back out.
I’ve seen people look like they can outdraw Wyatt Earp in the OK Corral pulling their smartphone out to see if anyone “likes” their latest post, and then default to “Just checking to see if anyone responded”.
When you see the other guy raising their hands in celebration because their friend responded to a text over your Facebook post, something is a little weird. That guy needs to be careful playing Pokemon GO or he might be another tragic accident waiting to happen while he looks down all the time.
It’s funny how we got to the same car line, practice, rehearsal, and bed the night before. Somehow we didn’t actually do less than we did yesterday. OK, playing video games all day does qualify for doing less.
The reality is that no matter how busy we think we are every day, it’s really our fault for getting that way, isn’t it? Sure, we want our kids to be exposed to all sorts of opportunities like sports, dance, gymnastics, fencing, skydiving, etc. but at what point does that start to take a toll?
Even if we want to make sure we maximize the time in our day to get things done, how do we do it? Thankfully, there’re a few examples of what can have an amazing impact on your stress level in the daily race.
Time to Break the “I’m So Busy” Routine
- If you start the day like the alarm is a green light at a drag race then something is wrong. Even those cars have to get warmed up before they take off. Wake up with enough time to walk into the day not crash into it. Get a cup of coffee, tea, whatever and start your day reading and in prayer. If you are going to devote the next 18 hours to work, school, activities, etc. you would think that you can spend 15 minutes on yourself getting ready for the day. “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” Psalm 143:8
Stop thinking you’re overwhelmed
- Saying “I’m so busy” plants the seed in our mind as if we’re not doing enough or can’t get something done. You’re better than that! God never puts more on your life than you can handle without Him, so you acting like you’re overwhelmed is YOU talking yourself out of it. Instead, tell yourself “I really made a difference today” then see how you smile. “Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our sphere of activity among you will greatly expand.” 1Cor.10:15
Start saying “No” to things
- Yes, it might hurt for a while, but if you said “No” to 3 things right now what would they be? Three things that you know will not add value to you, or anyone else, but you think they have to get done. You don’t have to be the superhero. You were made for the amazing gifts you can share with others so what if you focused on them and let the others go? “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement;if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:6-8
It’s not always so important that you win the race as much as it’s important to show those in your car that you don’t have to fly into carline on two wheels. The fact is that they mirror the way we act and look in their future.
If we’re the example of how to handle our schedule then what are they going to be like when who knows what electronic device is available for them to use when they’re our age?
Today is the day you don’t have to win the carline race. Today is the day to use car line as an opportunity to send you kids off on time, and on a positive note before they leave the car.
What if today was the start of discussing what you read earlier in the morning with your kids on the way to school? More importantly, the scripture in your mind might just put you at ease long enough to stop asking yourself “How does she/he always get here ahead of everyone else?”
Even if you don’t win the carline race today, remember that last moment you get to see kids get out of the car sets the tone for the rest of the day. Praying for them to have an amazing day before they eject out of their booster seat is enough to give them strength to overcome the playground political world they are about to run into.
Now is your chance to Tag or Share with someone you know races to every event during the day. Who can you Tag before they Tag you?