Would You Rather?
I don’t remember when I first heard this question starter, but I do know it was my daughter who introduced it to our family. It not only became a favorite family pastime, but it also became a competition of which child could come up with the most obnoxious combinations. When my daughter’s birthday came up, the board game was a must have gift.
Playing the game is pretty simple. Basically, you choose between two undesirable situations and the other players guess the one they think you will pick. If they are right, they get to move forward on the board. Meanwhile, you get to contemplate your decision to have a bird poop in your eye as opposed to your nose.
Oh, what a great game!
This was the game I thought of when I was reflecting on time. It might seem like a stretch, but let me explain:
Here are a few phrases I have used throughout my life to describe my views of time:
- Time is not on my side. (Do you get the song reference?)
- I gave up on the idea of “balance” after years of never reaching it.
- I have a never ending to-do list that always includes dishes!
- I wish I had more hours in the day.
- If I could choose any superpower it would be speed – so I can get everything done and still have time to spend with my family.
After reflecting on my many failed attempts to manage time, I decided that the secret is not to seek out more time, but instead to use what time I do have wisely. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Psalm 90: 12 which says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” This verse is one of many reminders that our lives are short. We only have a few years to make a big impact on our kids. When we remember that, and always keep it before us, we act more wisely with the time we do have.
To simplify this in my world, I thought of managing time as a matter of answering a series of Would You Rather questions…
Would I rather wash the dishes or read a bed time story to my son?
Would I rather hyper focus on my dirty windows or enjoy the beauty of the outdoors?
Would I rather put my kids in five different activities or let them really enjoy one?
Would I rather watch a TV show or play a board game?
You get the idea.
When I evaluate my choices I pray that I will choose to:
- Honor God
- Honor my family
- Help someone else
In the words of Randy Newman, “This is the time of your life, so live it well!”