When my kids were younger and making me crazy, sometimes I compared it to having two little chipmunks on a wheel in each ear. Siblings, who are close in age, are known for aggravating, teasing, and arguing with each other. We, parents are supposed to be the official referees and the information control centers of family life.
Well, one day my humor got the best of me and I decided these devious minions needed names. The one in the left ear is “Chatter” and the one in the right ear is “Crap.” Now, Chatter Crap is not limited to the raising of our children either. I view Chatter Crap as something that is becoming a serious illness these days.
Before you get out the net and the straight jacket, please allow me to finish.
While preparing to go to battle against the diseases which have invaded my human body, I realized I needed to do some “junk” cleaning. My mind, body, and soul required streamlining with the focus on recovery! Everything else would have to fall away.
It was not long before I noticed that 90% of my time was Chatter Crap. Days that are filled with instant news, an overabundance attitude, and personal gratitude. No wonder we are such a tired society. We find ourselves bogged down with self-pity, self-appreciation, pride, disease, job related work, home related work, politics, local news, world news, tv shows, music, cell phones, computers, tablets,video games, social media, play dates, and strangers. Whew! And that is just the start of the list.
While the Chatter Crap continually squeaks and yaks in our ears, determined to convince us that we need to do it all and in order to have it all.
What is having it all? The world’s guidelines for happiness?
But are we happier? Are we healthier?
I don’t think so.
Well, my life was longing for the 1-2-3 punch.
Number 1 – God First thing in the morning and the last thing at night, with conversations throughout my day.
Number 2 – Spouse Time spent each day remembering why we love each other, laughing with and at each other, and appreciating each other.
Number 3 – Family Expressing unconditional love, hope, and acceptance. Uplifting words, holding hands, and holding precious memories in our heart.
Everything else would have to fall in line. And guess what? It did!
You know, God tells us how to live a balanced life. And even though they did not have cell phones or social media then, His rules are still very relevant today. God tells us in Ecclesiastes 3, that there is a time for everything in our lives. Funny, I could not find one word about instant action or gratification being the focus either.
A Time for Everything
3 There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time for war and a time for peace.
What steals your time? Before you got on social media today, did you thank God for your life, your family, and your home? Did you give someone a hand up today, a smile, or a kind word? Is your life all you can imagine, or are you running around and around on the squeaky wheel?
Life is too short to waste! And tomorrow may never come. Kick start it today by knocking out the Chatter Crap with the 1-2-3 punch! You will be glad you did.