A couple of months ago your schedule was probably a lot like mine: full. The faucet was all the way open, and there wasn’t much free time between work, family, marriage, church, school activities, music recitals, and sports practice.
Then, all of that ground to a halt. Overnight. And just like that your entire family was at home together, not for a few hours or a few days, but for weeks. Maybe at some point you even awoke to your own personal Groundhog Day. Like Bill Murray, you feel like you’re doing the same mundane activities as you did the day before. And the day before that.
I wonder if the contrast between schedule overload and mind-numbing boredom has caused you to contemplate what makes a life? What are the essentials? When everything gets stripped away from you, what really matters?
Those are important questions to answer as your family begins to reenter the real world. What do you want to add back in? And what do you want to let go?
Every day God gives you an open canvas, and you get to decide how to fill it. Responsibilities in and outside of your home will always require attention, but how are you going to make your life better than it was before quarantine?
Alexandra Kuykendall is with us to talk about that on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Better Than Before: Re-Prioritizing Your Post-Quarantine Life.” We add a lot of stress to our families by choice, through overcommitment and busy schedules. She has a lot to share about how to leave behind your old life of chaos and plate spinning to infuse your marriage, your parenting, and your career with purpose and meaning.
I’d like to extend an invitation for you to become a special partner with us through our monthly “Friends of Focus on the Family” program. When you do, I’ll send you a copy of Alexandra’s book Loving My Actual Life: An Experiment in Relishing What’s Right in Front of Me as a way of saying thank you for touching others with the love of Christ. To make your pledge, or for more information, visit our website or call 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).