Making Time for People When You Don’t Have Time

Just popping in this evening with a few thoughts on relationships and people in the midst of life that can be so full. (By the way, the picture is dinner with some of my sweet Mexico friends during the time I was living there. I felt like it went with what I’m talking about here, and I miss them, so that’s why!)

Do you ever feel like you just don’t have time for something? One concept has been revolutionizing my world this week:

Sometimes we simply need to do the very things we have the least time for.

Like going swimming with my little siblings today. I didn’t “feel” like I had time. But I was able to get off work, and rearrange my schedule to make the other days this week fuller (yay!), and just go do it!

Sometimes it’s gotta be people over whatever else is screaming to be done. I’m not talking about neglecting one’s responsibilities. There are times when I say “no” to people because of responsibilities or commitments and you will have to as well. But as much as possible I want people to be priority in my life.

I want to prioritize the important as well as the urgent.

And it is a balancing act! But I believe it is possible. Is prioritizing hard? Yes! Messy? Often. But it’s part of life, so those of you that are young (like me)……we may as well practice now and learn to do work AND relationships well- to be dependable employees (or business owners) AND the there-for-you kind of friend and sister/brother/whatever!

Cheers to you all! I’m off to get some sleep and get up early for another day of the balancing act! What could be more exciting?

-Allison

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10 Comments

  1. This is really good! I remember reevaluating my priorities last year and choosing to put people first, but I often forget so I needed the reminder once again. 🙂

  2. Thank you, Allison, for this post. And really for all your posts! You have blessed and encouraged me so much! Making time for people when you don’t have time has definitely been a struggle for me, and I needed your reminder just now! Relationships with people are important, yet often I forget to make spending time with people (especially family/siblings) important enough. Thank you so much for taking the time to blog about all these important topics! I also love that your posts are short enough to read fairly quickly! May God bless you as you continue to serve Him!

  3. This is so good, Allison!! Defintely something I want to work on in the midst of a busy schedule. 🙂

  4. This is something I’ve really been trying to work on. Being the oldest girl and having to do all of the ‘oldest girl’ stuff on top of going to work makes it quite difficult, especially when you have 9 siblings to try to fit ‘together time’ into my schedule. Sometimes I have to just realize that I need to step back and reevaluate life.

  5. Wow Allison, this is exactly what I needed!! Thanks so much for sharing. The Lord has been trying to teach me this the last couple of months. YES It is hard, thankfully though The grace of God is sufficient for and his strength is greater than my weakness.

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