Where are you spending your time? Is it worth it? Time is our most valuable commodity- how can we be intentional about spending it in life-giving ways? Where are you storing your treasure?
“Not only do I, and perhaps even you, sometimes tout our busyness around like a trophy, we also use it as a scapegoat. It’s not me, we say, it’s my busyness that is preventing me from really engaging my neighbors, pursuing my dreams, plugging into my church or really giving myself over to worthwhile things I’m passionate about – things we would most certainly do if life just weren’t so crazy busy all the time.
Don’t get me wrong, there are seasons of life that are nothing short of chaotic and hectic. We’ve got a lot on our plates and most if not all of it is important – responsibilities we can’t neglect and things that just have to get done. These are very real and legitimate places that people frequently find themselves. Busyness is not a trophy for them, it’s actually a ball-and-chain.
But there’s also times when, if we’re honest, our problem is not that we’re busy; it’s that we’re busy with things that don’t really matter. It’s not the responsibilities in front of us that take away from other things. It’s actually the opposite. It’s choosing other things – lesser things – that take away from the greater opportunities before us. I don’t believe being busy is a problem; I believe being busy with the wrong things is. I don’t know about you but I want to lay my head down every night exhausted, not because I spent my energy that day on things that don’t matter, but because I spent myself on things that do. The first is exhausting and unfulfilling. The second is just as exhausting but far more satisfying.
It’s possible that the perfect season of life you are waiting on before fostering or adopting will never come. When will the crazy busy of life really slow down enough for you to then make it crazy and busy all over again by fostering or adopting? Have you considered that perhaps the parameters you have set to define when you’re “ready” may be too narrow? What if they leave no space for you to actually ever feel “ready”? What if you’re more ready now than you realize?”