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Got Enough Time in Your Busy Day?


Sometimes my To-Do list seems to get so long that I can work on it all day and it still feels as if I haven’t gotten much done. There will always be more to do than we can get done. At least if we look at the day as just a long list of chores to get done. The pandemic has added another whole level, especially for parents, with schools not being open.


How about a little pause for prayerful reasoning in order to help us out of this too-much-to-do treadmill? Let’s start with what we are really here to do: aren’t we really here to be the active evidence of God, of Love, Mind, and Life? Whether it looks like going to work, feeding the kids, or cleaning the house, it’s really the qualities that we express while doing the work that is of the most importance.


What good is it to do these jobs if we aren’t expressing God’s joy, grace, humility, love, strength, etc? Well, I guess it’s better to feed the kids grumpily than to not feed them at all. But I would argue that even if it seems to be grumpily, there is still love behind what you are doing. But how much better to outwardly show that love with patience and tenderness towards the kids!


In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the author Mary Baker Eddy has a definition of “day.” Part of that definition is, “The objects of time and sense disappear in the illumination of spiritual understanding.” (SH 584:1) So, that’s what’s really happening today. No matter what our deadlines, no matter how hectic our day might appear, no matter what the obstacles might seem to be, God is giving us spiritual understanding – and this understanding is breaking those barriers of time.


To the degree that we remember that all our tasks are allowing us to put Her qualities into action, we will find that we have all the time we need. The chore becomes a joy, a way to feel Her presence. And, by the way, we’ll also find we’re getting through our To-Do list a lot more easily!


A bit further down in the definition of ‘day’ it says, “…and Mind measures time according to the good that is unfolded.” Enjoy being an active participant in Mind’s unfolding of good today!

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