A busy mom's spiritual to-do list

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

Have you ever found yourself totally busy doing things, and then wondering why you were the one doing them? Or wondering why they were being done at all? It’s easy to fall into the trap of doing, doing, doing, without really thinking about why.

Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “Rushing around smartly is no proof of accomplishing much” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, p. 230). We all want our work to be valuable and fruitful, but how can we ensure that it is? I’ve realized we have the right and the responsibility to evaluate our tasks from a mental basis of poise, dominion, and principle.

There was a time in my life when I felt like I was my family’s servant. Working professionally, and doing chores, meals, and more at home, left no time for spiritual study, personal time, church activities, or even any friends. I was in a muddle and often found myself tired and feeling trapped or lonely, as well as frustrated and helpless about all I thought I had to do.

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