It is really amazing to see how many parents don’t want to be inconvenienced by the role of parenting. There are few steps in becoming a parent when compared to what it takes to parent.
People try to handle email in all different ways. I try to limit how many times I open email and try to only do it when I know I have enough time to respond to at least one email. It normally happens several times a day. In the morning it corresponds with a refill of my coffee mug. That seems natural to me. I have just taken a break from focusing on a task to get coffee so I take a few minutes and respond to email. All this to say, I am in agreement with Ben Brooks. This is his response to only checking and responding to email once per day at the end of the day.
I know people get more email than me, but I just don’t get how people think solutions like the above will work. All that does is makes you not as responsive, more overwhelmed because your inbox is always huge, and always behind.
With email I have come to the realization that you either need to check (and respond to) it regularly or dump it entirely.
I can’t remember where I first heard that phrase. It might have been from a fellow parrothead. It sure fits in line with the style of living that most parrotheads strive for.
No matter where I heard it, it’s an important phrase. Life is going to be hard. For some people, life is pretty hard everyday. Still, no matter how hard life gets and even in the middle of the hard times, there come these moments. They can last just for a second or all day – but they are there. The moments when it feels like and looks like something is going your way. Those are the moments I live for. Those are the moments I want to celebrate.
John Wesley put this together many years ago. He attributes it to an early puritan, Alleine. It is a beautiful prayer that the Christian faith certainly has room for in modern worship.
Personally, this is my prayer for the new year. I go through times when I know that I have fully submitted to God’s will and then others where I think – I got this. I want this year to be more about me living daily in God’s presence and relying on His wisdom rather than my own.
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by you or laid aside by you,
enabled for you or brought low by you.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
you are mine, and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.