BY DAVID LAWRENCE
Growing up I always waited until the last minute to do anything. Through high school and the two years I spent at college I spent many sleepless nights doing all that I could to get my papers typed and printed by the time my first class began the following morning.
Getting things done and on time can still be a huge struggle today, but I’m learning to put things on my calendar, reply to emails and texts shortly after they are received, pay bills on time, be punctual, etc.
I’m learning that if I don’t plan and set reminders, life will collapse around me. I’ll be late, my wife won’t be happy, clients will be angry, the power will get shut off, and I’ll be running around with an innumerable amount of stress on my shoulders acting like a chicken with his head cut off.
Its just not worth it. Life needs structure. Whether it be an art project, a school assignment, a project at work, or our normal day to day doings. We can’t just expect things to get done on their own. We must plan ahead and we must learn to plan well.
Do I mess up and forget things from time to time? Yes, all the time. Even today, actually, when I received an email that said, “David, do you have a draft for me?”
Do I get discouraged and get really angry with myself when these things happen? Again, yes.
But I’m learning that there’s a bigger picture. That bigger picture is grace and this small voice that continues to say “Cheer up, friend. You’ve still got a lot of life to live.”