Saturday, April 03, 2010

Being Spontaneous

By nature, I am more of a planner. Spontaneity isn't usually something that describes me. However, family makes me spontaneous sometimes - usually in a good way. Without them, I'd probably work too much. It can be hard when I have things I should do and they want to play a game - and often, I do have to turn them down - but I've found that the breaks I take are usually worth it in the end.

My brother Elijah is home for Easter break, and because of this, I've relaxed more these last few days. While walking with him in Jubilee yesterday and enjoying the beautiful spring weather, I had the idea to go on a picnic the next day. They were enthusiastic, my parents agreed, and I called four families of friends, to invite them to join us if they could.

Only a few friends ended up coming - my invitation was a bit spur-of-the-moment - but we had a great time! There's nothing like a Saturday spent outside in the spring. Food always tastes better on a picnic as well, especially after working up an appetite playing frisbee. We walked a lot, talked a lot, took tons of pictures, and enjoyed great fellowship. The hours slipped away faster than seems possible.

This weekend hasn't been as productive as it could have been, if you measure productivity in the amount of things you get done. But more and more, I'm realizing that relationships are far more important. Though you don't have much in the physical realm to show as accomplishments, time spent with good friends is time well spent. Long after I've forgotten the items left on my to-do list, family and friends will still be there. Relationships last long after stuff fades away.

So, be spontaneous. Invest in people; their value will never go down. Yes, plan your days as best you can, for it is important. After all, "he who fails to plan, plans to fail." But don't be so tied to your to your plans that you neglect what is really important. Take breaks and enjoy God's creation. You only get one life to live. Live it to its fullest for God's glory, building relationships as He gives you opportunity.


Mrs. Hart said...

You all look like you're having so much fun! Sure brings back memories...

Anonymous said...

I did this today, we did the same thing, a walk outside and lots of pictures. Had tons of fun! Good for you :)

Anonymous said...

There is nothing wrong with being organized, which I tend to be, but being spontaneous is a wonderful thing, too!I'm often drawn to the verse, "Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." It is a great example for us to live each day to it's fullest.
I have I really enjoyed reading your blog, thank you for your Christ-like examples!

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

Yes, I've had to learn the same thing. Spontaneity can be a very good thing! I am glad you had a great time!

Ali Ann said...

Looks like you all really enjoyed yourselves :) Spring I think my favorite time of the year.

In His unfailing love,
Ali Ann