I HAVE A PROBLEM. Not a big one. A little one.
I thought I’d turn this little problem into a little fun.
Just for you.
One person will get a free book out of it.
Here’s my problem.
I’ve got too many events on my calendar for Saturday, my birthday.
Not one event involves a slice of cake…which would have been a problem for me 45 years ago.
I’m in the process of painting the inside of my house to prepare it for lots of family coming in for the October wedding of our daughter.
Painting the inside of the house is something I do not recommend to new Christians who have 6,000 spare dollars for professional painters.
Otherwise, I recommend it to everyone and his brother.
Sorry painters. But $6,000? Come on.
Here was my birthday plan before it fell apart.
All day event. Hire some parents of kids from an elementary school that has a lot of families in financial need. Spend my birthday with them painting the downstairs, eating pizza, and hoping one of them doesn’t kick a paint can onto the carpet. (I may have just jinxed myself.)
Here’s what happened next.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. mission project. I realized that my church is sponsoring a mission project…on Saturday…to that particular school…working alongside parents to get the school in shape for the new school year. Building picnic tables, sorting school supplies that our church donated, adding some beauty to the courtyard and grounds. That kind of thing. I don’t want to pull the school’s parents away from that event. And I’d like to help out there if I could.
5:30 p.m. soccer game. Go to a Sporting Kansas City soccer game with my son. He got the tickets for me as a birthday gift. Row 15, midfield.
5:45 p.m. airport shuttle. Pick up friends from airport 45 minutes away. They’re returning home from vacation.
OK, I can’t do all this. But I can work it out.
As I starting thinking about it, though, I wondered how Christians would prioritize those scheduled items.
If you put them in order of importance, where would they go?
Take your best shot.
How would you work it out?
Best answer that shows up first nets a free, signed copy of one of my books—several to choose from.
Now I don’t know what factors you’d consider in solving this scheduling problem for yourself, but here are a few facts I know about my situation:
- My wife is in the mix, off work for the day and available to help.
- I need more friends, not fewer.
- I may need my son to help me when I get old and decrepit.
- “Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good” (Romans 8:28, The Message).
So, how would a good soul like you rate the scheduled events from most important to least? And how would you fix the schedule?