Giving up something good can be soooo freeing. It’s the good things that are hardest to decide about, and there are an awful lot of good things to do! Even in each “good” category–for example, donations to charities–there seem to be hundreds of thousands of choices.
My particular decision yesterday, was about the millions of good things to read, on the internet. Just as I drink my coffee in the morning and look at my computer, there are enough choices. People laugh at me for doing this, but I actually have a list: YouVersion and email devotional first, then other email, Facebook, news, etc. The list helps to keep me focused–there’s even a line for stopping for prayer. The Facebook line is only for the notifications; the newsfeed, with all it’s extra “shared” things, is only for when there’s nothing better to do, or if I have just a few minutes, or need something quick & uplifting.
But for extra reading, there are all kinds of wonderful Christian newsletters, and fantastic blogs, etc. For years and years, I’ve been receiving the daily Breakpoint email, which keeps me up to date on the Christian response to the political scene. Most of those years, I’ve only had time to read them about once a month. I kept telling myself they’re really good, and it doesn’t take long to go through a bunch of them in one sitting.
Trouble is, on that day when I’d finally get around to reading them, it was kind of late to share a particular one, if I wanted to (and trickier to do, when it’s so many days later). I’ve always appreciated how Breakpoint educates me on how to debate with people… HA! I NEVER remember the points I’m supposed to, when the opportunity actually arises. Another point to consider, is that it’s based on the States, while there IS a Canadian version (by that I mean Focus on the Family); which comes less often (vs every day), so would be easier to keep up with.
Soooo…. it was hard to actually delete all those Breakpoint emails I was behind on, and unsubscribe, but I did it!
To continue this “spring cleaning”, I then went to Facebook and unchecked a few “receive notifications” from certain excellent ministries, and checked the ones that are more appropriate for where we are now.
Next decision: sign up for some volunteer work at The Met. Hopefully it will be a little easier to choose between all the good things to do there!
“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.” (Galatians 6:10)