I can hang out a basket of washing in 5 minutes.
I did it today in the small window of time I had before I had to pick up my daughter from school.
It would have been easy to fritter that time away with a scroll through Facebook (as I have done on other days), but today I squeezed those minutes for all they were worth – I hustled.
I felt a glowing sense of accomplishment at the time well spent. And the benefits extended into the rest of the day – it was one less thing I had to do.
My favourite time of day to hang out the washing is in the evening, right after dinner. The kids are sitting on Daddy’s lap watching videos or getting ready for bed.
The air outside is cool and the birds are calling to each other in the trees surrounding me.
I hang an item and then stop to take a deep breath as I look around, trying to spot which bird is making that unusual sound I haven’t heard before. I might bend down and wonder at the lady bug traversing the blades of grass, slowly making her way home.
Doing it this way, it takes about 5 times as long to hang a basket of washing, but the experience is far more pleasurable.
Would I get more done if I hustled all the time, squeezing productivity out of every minute? Unquestionably.
Would I have a better quality of life? Not a chance!
Hustling all the time is a sure-fire way to burn out. (And if Mumma burns out, we’re all gonna have a bad time.)
The key is seeking God for wisdom on how to spend our time – moment by moment, day by day.
Here’s what I’ve observed in my own life. The more I’m in His word, the more my priorities match His.
And the more I’ve been intentional about keeping Sunday holy and restful, the more productive I am the rest of the week.
Ask the Lord to help you know when it’s time to savour and when it’s time to hustle.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”