It's the time of year for me when my life can easily become consumed by the urgent: papers need graded for summer classes, syllabi need prepared for fall classes, forms need ordered for the residence halls, training needs to be planned, fall housing assignments need to be made, Daniel needs to learn grammar ... and math, and spelling. And everything has a deadline. The urgent can easily keep me busy from sun up to sun down.
But if I fill my days with the urgent then there is no time left for the important. What, you ask, is important? People. Relationships. All those little things that "interrupt" my busy schedule. That is what is important. Lately I have been reminded frequently of my days as a teenager in the youth group at church and I am so grateful for all of the people who made time for me as a youth because their time, thoughtfulness and hospitality helped to weave the fabric of who I am today. As Daniel is getting older (he will officially be a pre-teen in September) I want to make sure that I am focusing on the important and not getting lost in the urgent.
As you navigate your day to day lives I encourage you to look for ways that God has equipped you where you are and I encourage you to look for the important and trust that the urgent will, indeed, be taken care of as well.