Living a life that is ultimately successful in the grand scheme of things, means daily recognition of the tiny moments of opportunity that knock at our door disguised as interruptions. Some examples of those opportunities: seeing the caller I.D. but actually answering a phone call you know will take awhile, opening all the mail and being willing to read about what World Vision is doing, calling, writing, or texting some one who keeps coming to mind. Ignore a divine interruption and you'll cheat yourself, and some one else, of blessing and joy.
This is not to say all interruptions are divine. Discerning the difference between a time sucking problem and a divine opportunity takes practice and plenty of mistakes. If you are some one who balks at the idea of a schedule anyway, distractions are around every corner and losing focus means a feeling of defeat (and shame - 'why do I just spin my wheels?') as the day slips away. I hate that.
The most helpful tip I have in this regard is that the divine interruptions almost always involve people. Coming alongside people in times of trouble or discouragement has never left me feeling depleted or cheated. It also hasn't gotten me closer to the big ideas - at least as far as I can see. But answering the call of insight, acting on the flash of inspiration that comes as God brings some one to mind, these are the things that make life rich. These are the moments, when added together, construct a life overflowing with meaning and blessedness.
Oh, I see I just got a text from my daughter so I guess this post will be shorter than expected, dang it! Only kidding. Noticing a sadness to her message, a call to her might be the most important thing I do today. And it wasn't even on my schedule....xo Susan
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