A Lesson from the Dishwasher
Most of the dishes had already been loaded into the dishwasher, but on a last moment whim I decided to put the salad into a plastic container in the hopes it would get eaten quicker that way. I took the empty salad bowl and attempted to find a place for it in the dishwasher. There was a spot next to a pan and a larger bowl where I knew it would fit, but after 5 tries I couldn't make it work. If I had just taken the pan and large bowl out and placed the salad bowl in first, everything would fit beautifully. But I just didn't want to have to do that. As I was struggling with it all and finally just took everything out, it occurred to me how this happens with the important stuff in our life.
The important stuff can fit in our lives with ease IF we put the important things in first. I can't tell you how many times I go to bed so frustrated with myself because I still didn't get that exercise in or that regular Bible time with the kids re-instituted. I have a whole day to do this 30 minute activity and yet here I am again going to bed with it undone. Granted, I juggle a lot of things and my body can only take so much before it crashes. It is understandable - as I'm sure is the case with you - that every day there are things that I just can't get to. But today is always the best day to sit down and decide the most important things. Once you decide what is most important, then put it in first. That may look like as soon as you get up in the morning you do it first. That's the way exercise works best for me. Still, putting important things in first may look like building your day around 30 minutes after lunch. It requires a mental commitment to doing what is needed to ensure this important thing happens.
We primarily cook/eat at home because it something Mr. Butler and I have deemed as important - for finances, health reasons, and pace of life. In order for that to happen, we have to have groceries available which requires me to go to the store. I can be committed to cooking all day long but if I don't plan and execute trips to the store and money to pay for the food, it won't happen. I can want something, but if I don't execute certain things in the right order, it will become unimportant and unfeasible really fast. This little scenario applies to every direction we look. Relationships, organizations, health, finances, education, any project we'll ever be involved in. The Bible, yet again, says it best. When we build our days on the rocks of our most important things, our success and satisfaction is much more sure.