Schedules, by Becky Hunter

Becky Hunter

Partly because he paints such a vivid image with his words and partly just because I know him - I have no trouble at all imagining a very young Joel Hunter bursting through the doors of an elementary school in Ohio on a warm day in the 1950’s chanting, “School’s out, school’s out! Teachers let the mules out!” All these decades later, students enthusiasm for summer vacation is the same even though they are chanting different crazy expressions. Summer offers a schedule with more opportunities to be creative, adventurous and helpful. But more free time also means more opportunities to be bored, lazy and annoying. And students aren’t the only ones who have to pay close attention to both demanding and flexible schedules along the way in life.

Each one of us has to figure out how we will spend the limited minutes we have in our lifetime. How will we schedule our time here on earth so that we can make the most Kingdom progress? Annie Dillard described a schedule as “a net for catching days.” I like that. Many people much wiser than I have offered suggestions on how do what she described: Stephen Covey said, “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.” Margaret Thatcher encouraged, “Plan your work for every day, then work your plan.”

The truth is, having a flexible schedule is kind of scary for a Christian who is hoping to be creative, adventurous and helpful in “bringing up there down here.” It requires great maturity and discipline to keep life from swirling into chaos when we don’t “have to” do something. But like the kids heading out of their classrooms and bounding into the summer, we can find a lot joy in scheduling if we have a here’s what I “get-to” do mindset!

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.
- Ecclesiastes 3:1(NIV)