It's hard not to be self-centered when you're focused on being productive.
That is unfortunately one more challenge to worry about when you're working hard.
I found a 'Busy Week Prayer' in my journal, that I had scrawled after an extended hectic schedule left me realizing that I had drawn more and more into myself, had gradually shrunk my world to my to-do list, and was increasingly feeling like I didn't have the time--energy--emotional stamina--to focus on relationships, to listen when someone needed to talk, to think over things, and to meet needs.
You are so wrapped up in being disciplined, in using your time well, even in getting your devotions done every morning and being able to go to prayer meeting, for example, that those become your priorities every day, priorities which are legitimate because after all they are about you--but which, for the very same reason, shouldn't be the only ones in your life.
Help me with what I have to do today,
give me the strength which I so often assume I have,
but when it fails me, realize I don't and can't control it.
as I focus on working hard and I worry about not wasting time,
to keep my perspective on what is truly important.
People You have put in my life.
Help me even as I get things done, to value these accomplishments only as much as they are worth, and as much as I should.
Help me to think of You even at my busiest.
Help me to be patient and trust Your providence when something interrupts my plans and when I don't manage to do what I wanted to do.
Help me, above all, to not become self-centered in the midst of all this activity. In the midst of all these to-do lists, help me not to get wrapped up in self-sufficiency and self-reliance, in the pursuit and achievement of what I want and what I have planned, in the exploration of my ability.
Help me to remember who I am, and why I am here, and why I am doing this at all.
a quiet voice
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