Have you ever thought about the number of things we’re told we should be able to squeeze into each day because they only take 15-minutes.
- the amount of time added to meal-prep to make it from scratch (my unofficial average)
- the ab/butt/thigh destroyer (never done it, but a classic example)
- improve/expand your vocabulary (ditto)
- practice a musical instrument
- read the paper
- write a letter a day (to an old friend, to your representative, to the editor)
- memorize scripture
- read through your bible in a year
- journal before bed
- take a short walk
- train your dog
- paint with your children (paint your children?)
- Bathe the children
- Shower yourself
- clean the bathroom
- tête-à-tête with your spouse when you meet again in the evening
- Putting on make-up in the morning
- washing your face four different ways before bed
- washing the dishes after dinner
There’s about five-hours worth of stuff there and I’ve barely touched on the basics of house maintenance and meal prep.
It really does go back to doing what we want most to do.
I think our limitations are just one more way of God to remind us both of our finiteness and of our need to depend on Him: both for the wisdom of what to actually do, and for provision in the gaps of what we are not able to do.