Every year I look forward to the blank boxes of an obligation-free calendar. The new year greets me with time slots itching to be filled, appointments, activities, and social engagements begging to consume the pages.
Until March 2020, like the rest of the world, my curated calendar with its perfectly laid plans, color-coded chaos, and never-ending to-do lists became obsolete. I’d spent decades idolizing business, filling my schedule to the max because I was afraid of disappointing someone, feeling pressured to say yes. In the weeks that turned into months of canceled plans, I learned that a calmer calendar meant a more peaceful me.
As an overachiever, “planning is my hobby,” task-master type of gal, it has taken work to transform my calendar from chaotic to calm. But, in learning to guard my schedule, I’ve experienced more peace, comfort, and contentment, and I hope you can as well.
1. Focus on Biblical Priorities
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
We have limited time on earth. The Bible is filled with guidance on how we should spend our time; we should share the gospel, disciple others, teach our children about God, support those in need, take care of the body of believers, and abide in Christ. Spiritual things aren’t our sole responsibility, though. Scripture acknowledges the need to work and provide for our physical needs. But, when we begin to look at every opportunity through the lens of Scripture and our purpose, we can better choose where to allocate our time. Bob Goff said, “The battle for our hearts is fought on the pages of our calendars.” We can say that our values align with God’s Word, but our actions tell what’s really in our heart’s desires. We should be continually asking ourselves, is it evident from our schedules that we prioritize the things of God?