Not sure about you, but I often find myself making excuses for not keeping in contact with friends and family. My favourite excuse I use for not being a bit fitter this year, not eating healthier or not spending more time with God is: “I am just too busy!”
The simple fact we all need to remind ourselves is this, “My life reflects my priorities!” When I spend more time watching sport on TV than going to the gym, then my priorities become clear to me. I rather want to be lazy than be active!
If I spend more time on facebook than reading a good book, it shows that I would rather waste my time comparing my life to the life of others, than expanding my knowledge of what is real.
If I spend more time staring at my phone’s screen than talking to real people, it shows where my priorities lie.
Do yourself a favour… go to a coffee shop and just sit and watch what people do! I can guarantee you that there will be more people staring at their phones, than there will be talking to one another and enjoying the moment. We are losing the ability to communicate face to face. We fail to encourage one another and to get to know people when they are still around, but when we attend a funeral, we often have awesome things to say about that person. Here’s an idea… why not, today, tell someone they are important to you? Why not walk past the next person in the shopping mall, smile at them and say hello? Why not leave your phone at home and see how many people you can encourage and talk with.
So here’s the thing! Instead of making excuses for not doing things, change your priorities. Stop saying that you will do something later because you just don’t have time now. If it’s important to you, you will make time. We don’t know if we are going to be around next year, or next week or even in an hours time.
The change needs to start with YOU and it needs to start NOW!