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We often feel pulled in a hundred different directions. And there never seems to be enough time to do what needs to be done. But while we’re simply spread thin in some seasons, it’s still important to fight for dedicated time for what matters most. 

To be sure, we have countless responsibilities rightly demanding our attention. And we must learn to engage on multiple fronts of life simultaneously. 

But wisdom is still needed here. And all too often we find ourselves doing a little bit of everything and neglecting other important matters. 

For instance, it’s hard to be productive at work with constant interruptions to our day. However urgent the interruptions might be, they still come with a high cost when we don’t have that dedicated time to focus on our work. 

Of course, we want to be there for our kids every chance we get. But this can also cost us dedicated time for our marriage. And our marriage will suffer without this time. 

Likewise, it’s easy to take our friendships for granted as we focus on work and family. But friendships are also too important to neglect. And our friendships cannot thrive if we don’t invest dedicated time to them as well. 

Whatever it looks like, this all comes down to intentionality. And having dedicated time is simply carving out enough space in our day to give our focus and undivided attention to this one important thing in front of us. 

Perhaps this will never be as neat as we might like it. But it’s easy to grow frustrated, disconnected, and lonely without it. 

In the end, don’t chase the wind by trying to do it all. Dedicate time to focus on those things that matter most. This protects your heart and soul from getting overextended and burned out. 

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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