Tryin’ to Loosen My Load

Retired persons will often say they don’t know how (in former days) they had time to work.  In the walk of life, one thing replaces another in progression or digression.  In theory, a time will come with more leisure and less expense, but it’s always on the horizon and not quite within reach.  In our search for simplification, we never really seem to streamline our schedules, and there is more thinking than doing in downsizing. 

When our children were infants, I thought it would be less expensive when they got out of the diaper and formula stage.  I discovered otherwise on my way around the block.  Kids don’t get less expensive.  New needs replace the old.  Parents, however, look to the next stage as a sort of remedy for the current.  Rather, the coming phase is different but not less challenging or costly.  I looked forward to our little ones graduating the car seat (then more death trap than space module) until they started telling me to scoot up.

We marvel at the bearers of heavy burdens and congratulate (more than help) them.  While it is true that many seem to be laden with more than their shares of difficulties, the nature of life is that we walk the paths laid before us.  We don’t have the luxury of reflection because someone has to make the donuts and musings don’t change anything.  Piety and wit won’t cancel half a line, and tears can’t wash away responsibilities.

In my life, I have found that duties change without lessening obligations.  Consequently, there’s always something to do and not enough time.  Unlike stuff in the attic, we can’t stockpile minutes and hours, and we’re always under the gun.  It is ironic, however, that we always have time to do what we must.  Our sincere wants are, usually, accommodated, as well, and we can always drop everything for an emergency or the big game.

I have noticed that the money is always there and never there.  While ever a place for it to go, dimes and dollars appear when needed but are scarce, otherwise.  I can’t be the only one who wonders how we paid for Christmas.

Even as I admire those juggling huge and hurtful obligations, I am reminded that some few have said to me on rare occasions that they didn’t know how I did it all.  Though their admiration may be misplaced, it is true that we do what we must because we must.  God’s grace enables us in the time of need though it not show with lesser demands.  We receive power for purposes.

The demands of living and collection agencies require us to simplify and prioritize.  We may realize these necessities late than sooner, but home they will fly in the end.  These ideas translate to successful navigation in all of life and have spiritual implications.  Since we have limited supplies of time and money, it necessary that we decide how to spend each.  Expenditures must be intentional and merciless, or we will lose control.  To manage my life, I will need to drop some activities and prioritize the rest.  I do not have enough resources to do everything, so I must make choices.  Things were going well until I got Netflix.

We cannot be fully invested in everything.  Scripture urges us to forego some things on earth in favor of the heavenly.  We must simplify our lives to avoid clutter and obstacles to real progress and prioritize with an eye to eternity.  Spiritual graces and goings will lag in our lives if we do not place value thereon.  There will be no time left for the important things if we spend it on the insistent. 

Care not taken, we will spend our last nerve and sinew on temporal things and not have time or energy for the eternal.  To live effectively for Christ, we will need unburden ourselves and focus.  There is no way to “do” the Christian life.  We must live in it.  Such living will lend burdens several from transitory things requiring lessening earthly loads.  We may lose, and we may win, but we will not live our lives again. 

Sterl

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