Jon Stolpe Stretched

What's S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g me now?

Slow Down, You’re Moving Too Fast

Do you ever feel like you’re too busy? I have felt that way more recently. With three weekends in a row where I am away from home and with a busy schedule during the week while I’m home, I am certainly feeling like life may be too busy. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy most of the stuff that I’ve been doing – trip to Texas to see my brother graduate from University of North Texas, trip to the Poconos to go camping with some of the best friends a guy could ever have, trip to Elk Neck State Park to camp with the Cub Scouts, piano lessons, Cub Scout meetings, picnics with friends, etc. I just wonder if life sometimes gets in the way of living the way we were meant to live.

Getting away from everything allows you to put things into perspective. At my recent camping trip up in the Poconos, we were each asked the question: “What are three things that you want to do in the next year – until we meet again?” So how did I answer this question?

1. I want to figure out where I fit into leading and serving at my church. This past year has been a bit challenging for me related to my involvement with the small group ministry at my church. Many aspects of what I’ve been through have caused me pain and perhaps disillusionment (if that’s a word) that I could not imagine. Despite this, I’m convinced that it’s important to be involved in our local church.

2. I want to be more intentional in my time at home between 5:30PM and bedtime. This does not need a huge explanation other than I do not want to waste the time I have with my wife and kids. They mean way too much to me!

3. I want to get back into some kind of regular exercise routine. I’ve used the excuse of my new position at work long enough (I’ve been in the position for a year and two months). For one, I want to lose a few pounds (5-10 would be just fine). Secondly, I want to be in decent shape, so I can enjoy many years with my wife, my kids, and hopefully someday my grand kids (whoa, did I just say that). Finally, I want to set a good example for my kids for their own fitness and health. It’s not that I haven’t been exercising – I still run. It’s just more sporadic now than it used to be – one week I run five days – the next week I’m lucky if I get in one run. I think having a goal race or event will help me to achieve this goal.

So getting back to my initial paragraph, I’m not sure what the answer is to my busy life. It’s hard to make decisions that will carve away things I like to do. I certainly do not want the three things above to add more busyness to my busyness. I guess I just want my priorities to be in the right order. I want to live a fulfilled life and not a filled life.

More wrestling to do…

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May 26, 2009 - Posted by | thoughts

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