“And should I wander off like a lost sheep – seek me! I’ll recognize the sound of your [God’s] voice.” Psalm 119.176
At some point in every day I catch all the tell tale signs, aggressive words, self serving actions, and a heart focused on what needs to get done today. That is, if I am lucky. I see people around me following the same pattern. They wander through the day, tackling issues that they find in front of them. We all try to plan using day-timers, reminder schedules, priority lists, to do lists, and host of other cribs. The tools focus our energy at the early stages of the day before life itself takes over and we drift.
There are valid reasons for how we spend our time. Work commitments take up a big chunk. Personal hygiene and time to eat consumes another big block. Of course, we need time to “recover” from the day’s stress, another piece of time. All “good” things required of us during the day. For most of us, I do not think we have that much choice in how we spend the average working day. We have every choice in what we do during the day.
Taking time to eat and brushing your teeth are good things to do. I know I appreciate it when this is part of the daily schedule! Have you ever thought about how you brush your teeth and eat? No mechanically or the physical steps, rather what your purpose and intent is, or what you are thinking as you go through each step. Do you eat mindful of God’s gift of life? Do you eat with awareness of the hard work of the people involved in getting the food to your table? Farmers, grocers, sales people, bankers, equipment manufacturers, the list goes on and on. Everyone had a piece in it. Sure, a lot of them did it for money, however there were several that did it because they love their work. Their gift is one of God’s gifts to you. Love. Did you catch it?