It's early November, and our family calendar for the next two months is already crammed and jammed. Making time to fit in all the things that we need and want to do is a complicated juggling act something like the plate spinners who used to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.
It's another exercise in figuring out what is important and what is merely urgent, as well as a good reminder that we cannot do everything or be everywhere, no matter how much we might want to. Only God can do that, and it's pretty clear I'm not God.
So, at our house, early November is weigh-and-measure season. We're trying to arrange our schedules so we can include what's important, and leave some time for slowing down and enjoying this season of Thanksgiving and celebration.
Because if we don't have time for that, the rest of it won't mean much anyway.