Robert D. Smith once titled his article, 'Everyone who reads this post will die.' It certainly grabs your attention and although it's true, perhaps it might discourage you from reading. The point of his article, though, was to encourage his readers to re-evaluate their lives to see whether there may be ways to add purpose and meaning to daily activities.
For example, did you know that:
* We spend nearly 5 times more days watching TV than caring for friends and family
* We spend only slightly more time investing in our communities and churches than we do grooming ourselves.
* We spend over 23 years of our lives (after the age of 15) asleep.
Take a look at the clip below that portrays your life as a counted heap of jellybeans. It's amazing, and a little sobering to see the pile of jellybeans disappearing in often meaningless activities.
Now, I know that I always seem busy, but is that busyness meaningful? And children's ministry is time and labour intensive. But maybe I should plan my time for greater impact. For example, if I watch half as much TV I would have another 1338 days. I could use my time more wisely by listening to podcasts and audio books while travelling. I can enjoy more of my meals with others to create memorable experiences with family and build connection and community with others. I can spend time developing team and leaders to share the load rather than doing everything myself. How can you alter your day and your activities for greater impact?
So... if you had just one more day, how would you spend it?