The Yellow Notepad — by Danny

Notepad_BrooksThis is my yellow notepad. It is my guide for every week. It tells me what to do and what I have finished. If it is on the pad, it needs to be done as soon as possible. Do you have a yellow notepad or something like it? Maybe it’s a white pad or an app or a spouse. (LOL) Brittany is my bonus notepad a lot of the time, too.

We are entering December, which is a very busy month for most people. Whether it is organizing the company Christmas party or preparing for family to stay at your house because it is your turn to host, it can be a very stressful time. Yellow pads fill up fast right about now. We have presents to get, food to prepare, and events to schedule. The pressure to check off each item is sometimes unbelievable. The pressure to over commit is also very strong.

It is OK even during the holiday season to say no. Sometimes I have hard time saying that word so … lets all say it out loud together just to get some practice in and the awkwardness out … ready 1 … 2 … 3 NO! Great job everybody. Come see me on Sunday and I will give you a sticker for participation. Ha. But seriously, I’ve got stickers. Enjoy this season! Be involved, but build boundaries for down time. You will find more joy and be more of a joy to be around.

Make time to fill your heart and not your hands. Spend some quality alone time with Jesus this year. You will be amazed at how He can clarify things for you. He can streamline our wants and needs so we can accomplish more in less time and cut out some of the things that don’t need to be there in the first place.

“Are your hands fuller than your heart? For the heart regulates the hands, if your heart is full, your hands will handle things better.” – Charlotte Gambill

Danny

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