It isn’t one of those movies that I have watched a lot, or have close at hand because I watch it frequently.
One of the few scenes I remember is of Cinderella’s step-sisters trying to jam their NBA player sized feet into Cinderella’s petite glass slipper. They tried everything to get their foot into that shoe, and why? They tried because of what it meant if it fit. Jamming something into a place where it doesn’t belong in the hopes that everything would work out how they wanted it to.
I find myself trying to do something similar with life.
If the shoe was my schedule, I am trying to jam everything into my schedule. There are things that can’t change, some things that can, some things that I don’t even enjoy or need but somehow they have found their way into my schedule.
The problem is that when too much gets wedged into my schedule, I easily lose sight of what is important.
I mean, how worried were the step sisters with the thought of if they even liked or loved the prince?
They were very willing to enter into a lifelong commitment with a man they didn’t know.
I know…I know…it is a fairy tale, but, if we think about it, are we living in a fairy tale world with our time.
Do we believe that we can have our cake and eat it too? Are we concerned with how our time affects others?
Ouch, that one hits me pretty hard. I have too many friends I haven’t touched base with recently.
I guess I have just been sitting back and evaluating my schedule because of a recent dry spell. What I see is quite a bit of evidence that leads me to see that I am trying to jam too much into a glass slipper. I am trying to jam too much of the unimportant into a space that is set up to fit the perfect balance of necessity and fun. If I try to put too much of either in my schedule I become unbalanced.
For me, I find it very easy to get busy and at the end of the day…I am just spent and have very little left in the gas tank. I find myself unsatisfied, unimpressed, and having a great desire for more. There is a reason we are supposed to work towards a daily connection with God.
I will touch on the connection a little later this week. The point is that there is plenty of time for fun, work, family, God, and everything in between. I just need to make sure I am focused, keeping the goal of meeting the NEEDS of my time and not trying to jam too much into the glass slipper of my time.
Time keeps on slippin’…slippin’…slippin’…into the future…so let’s not catch ourselves years from now looking back and wondering what we have been doing with our lives. We have a calling and a purpose. Let’s not lose sight of that. Rather, let us be about the business of living a life that matters.