Friday, September 7, 2007

Simply Complicated

I picked up a new magazine at the grocery store the other day. It is called
Homegrown Hospitality
and it is very cute and full of clever homemaking ideas for family and friends.

The editor of the magazine calls her life 'Simply Complicated'. I love that. It so describes how I live.

For example...
I am a mom - simple
I have 5 kids - complicated

I homeschool - simple
again, 4 kids of different ages, learning styles and abilities - complicated

I go to church - simple
My husband is on staff - complicated

I have friends - simple
We are not all like minded - complicated

The list goes on and on... but what I realize is that what makes my life complicated is relationships. I get so caught up in wanting to check things off my to-do list. To be able to accomplish what I need to in a timely manner. But the relationships in my life interrupt that. Some days barely anything gets checked off and it is all because of people interruptions.

And I think that is exactly how God has planned it. God allows the people in my life to interrupt me to keep me on His track, not mine. The relationships remind me to think of and serve others first. Sometimes only because they demand to be dealt with immediately. If they did not demand my attention I would and could easily put them off til a more convenient for me time. So I am thankful for people interruptions in my life for without them I would be more selfish with my time and self centered in my actions than I already am. Oh, goodness...that would be ugly.

Gotta go...I am being interrupted. ;o)


Tracy said...

Yep, I life is the same (except the 5 kids!) Everything that SHOULD be simple is NOT. I just sent my oldest back to public school (where my hubby teaches) made me realize that my time with them is short. Stop and do the little things with them, really listen to them, hug them lots, because then suddenly they aren't home as much as they used to be. Those little things with them are becoming more and more precious.

Kim said...

This post really made me think.

Kimmie said...

Yup, I think you nailed it...simply complicated is the words that must be written on my forehead.

thanks for sharing
mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted