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Separate the Wheat from the Chaff

I am a Mom to two small boys. Doing that job humbly, lovingly and faithfully is my path to sainthood.

But also:

My marriage could be better.

My finances could be better.

I do not take care of my health.

I do not take care of my soul.

Those are a lot of major other responsibilities.  Each of those responsibilities come with many, many projects and tasks associated with them. Alas, I get no more than 24 hours in a day - same as you.

How do I keep from wasting time when there are so many important and compelling things to do?  I don't really know, and I'm constantly struggling with my focus.  But right now, before I commit to an action, I try to decide if it's God's will. I ask myself, "Will it make me holier? Will it make me a better Mom?  Will it improve my finances?  Will it help my marriage? Will it make me healthier?"

If the answer is "no" to all of the above, it's probably not God's will.  If the answer is "yes" to one or more of the above, it may not be God's will either, but it's now worth the effort to reflect a moment further.

One can get frozen in analysis paralysis even on the journey to sainthood.  Using the method above keeps me moving, keeps me from procrastinating, and hopefully keeps me from wandering too far afield from God's purpose.

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