Life grows muddled when you live in the clenched grip of oughts. Just spend twenty minutes on the Internet, and you'll be bombarded with the fact that you're not doing everything you possibly could be doing.
I ought to be trying these projects with my children. I ought to be integrating new recipes into our menu. I ought to be cramming more end-of-the-summer learning so my child will transition back to school more smoothly.
The specifics may change depending on our circumstances, but most of us have experienced this pull. For me, I sometimes feel it in the blogging realm. I can't keep up with the who's-who of blogging, nor can I regularly read everyone's blog who reads mine. This is the truth -- not only for me, but also for everyone.
We can't do it all. In fact, we're not made to do it all.
No matter who we are, we only have twenty-four hours each day. During those twenty-four hours I need to sleep, eat, play with my kids, fold laundry, run errands, and attend to my work.
During those twenty-four hours I need to be still so I can connect with God. I want to carve out moments from those hours to play a game of Yahtzee with my husband. I want to sit outside on an August night and listen to the crickets as they herald that this summer won't last forever. I want to notice that the night breeze is cool even though the patio still radiates warmth against my bare feet.
Even as you're reading this post, I realize that you could be spending your time a thousand different ways. You've chosen to be here. Thank you for this. I don't take it for granted. (Of course, I do think this was a mighty good choice on your behalf, but I'm admittedly biased.)
Life is far too short to spend our time doing things that God hasn't called us to do.
Resist the pull. Don't try to do it all. You never were designed to do so.