Sunday, February 8, 2009
So obviously this is an appropriate post for someone who hasn't posted in 2 months! I have been really struggling with time management, especially as it relates to my spiritual life the past couple months. It really made me think about how we, as Americans, spend our time. We are obsessed with schedules, calendars, etc. Many of us have our days planned out to the second, packed full of things we "have to do". I've been thinking about how we Western culture people are the only people who live this way. I learned in a multicultural class in grad school that there are time driven cultures and event driven cultures. I love (traditional, not Americanized) hispanic culture... people get up when the sun comes up, they eat when they get hungry, they take a siesta when they get tired and a little too hot, work again till they hit a stopping point, and go home and enjoy their family gatherings. Think about tribal nations in Africa... do they wake up to the alarm clock, punch in at the time clock, eat at 12:00 sharp? While all people groups have struggles, I dream what it might be like to feel that kind of freedom. I don't think God ever intended us to be a slave to the clock, to the schedule. I think we as a culture should work less, spend less, and enjoy experiences in life! We only get to do this once and I think we as a culture have missed the boat.