People vs. Time
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.