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People vs. Time

Colossians 4:6
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Yesterday I started with this verse, and said I tend to avoid conversations because people waste my time.  I promised to explain that fuller today.

As a student, I have only so much control over my time.  I have classes and assignments that must be done, and clinical hours I must complete. The work adds up, and quickly.  But unlike a traditional student, I have two children and a husband at home.  My family needs my time, so I must protect as much as possible for them. To do this, I try to bring home as little school work as possible. This isn’t always easy, some nights I get home after bed time and last semester I had to travel overnight for clinical time.  So I study between classes, finish assignments as quickly as I am able and generally try to stay focused at school.

That brings me to people.  Do I want to spend 20 minutes at lunch talking about things that do not matter?  Not if it means I will need to take 20 minutes away from my kids when I get home. So it isn’t that I dislike people, or even that I want to be ungraceful.  But in the back of my mind I am always calculating how much work I need to complete, how much time it will take and how I will protect as much time as possible for my children.

The result, I guarantee, is that my conversations are NOT filled will grace.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas and childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student in a nursing program learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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