Have you ever got to the end of the day completely exhausted, yet feeling like you have nothing productive to show for the day? Please tell me I’m not alone. My life used to look like that a lot honestly. I felt like I was spinning my wheels yet not accomplishing the most important things.
Why? Because I had no plan.
I’ve been noticing something lately. There is such a push back against over planning that it almost seems that we have glorified the whimsical, fancy free lifestyle as something we should all strive for.
We don’t drift toward godliness
The whimsical, carefree life is all about doing what feels good in the moment. No plans, no responsibilities…just go with the flow. While it can certainly sound fun at times, this is not a Biblical way of living. Abandoning responsibilities is not something to which we should attain.
Although it’s true that we should hold our plans loosely, we are not called to lazily coast through life.
The Bible tells us:
Go to the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
Which, having no captain,
Overseer or ruler,
Provides her supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest.
We learn a few things about the ant here. She is wise, she is self-disciplined (working hard without a boss telling her what to do), she works hard, and she looks forward and plans for the future.
She is not just coasting along-–she is living with intention.
When we drift along, blown about by whims and fancies, we generally don’t end up where we should be. Furthermore, that type of life will absolutely catch up to you eventually. Sometimes in catastrophic ways, and sometimes in the daily stress of forgotten appointments, unnecessarily messy houses, overflowing piles of laundry, eating out and wasting money because we didn’t plan for dinner, etc. It adds stress and chaos to our lives. And it’s not fulfilling. It leaves us feeling empty and wanting more. Why?
Because it’s not what we were created for. We were created to live intentional lives that bring glory to God.
Use your resources well
Throughout the Peaceful Home course, I address some of the ways that I have worked intentionality and purpose back into my life, and that has been my cure for those days. Am I suggesting that you should maintain a rigid schedule down to 15 minute increments? Absolutely not! We don’t have a schedule actually, more of a to-do list and routine system. You do what works for you, but the point here is to do something to live with purpose in your life and home.
Intentional living allows us to be more whimsical
In spite of everything I just said about the importance of planning and living with intention, there is a place for fun in our lives. Here’s the thing–being intentional gives us the freedom to be fun and whimsical.
Because when we take the time to plan, when we live with intention, we can be sure that our responsibilities and obligations are being met, we can be sure that we are living to glorify God and His purposes. And then we can fill in the margins with self-care, fun, and rest. We can be more prepared for the little (or big) things that pop up.
The benefits of a good planner.
A good planner can go a long way toward helping us to live with intention. Because I have so many different aspects of life that I use my planner for (life, homeschool, health, blogging, goals, etc.), I really love the Agendio planner. I use it for all of these different areas. I especially love the goal planning and tracking that I worked into my planner. It’s just another way to help me live with intention.
If you’re interested, you can check it out here. The unique thing about the Agendio is that you can completely customize your planner. Yes, you read that right–you can design your own planner using their simple user friendly builder.