Over the last couple weeks I've heard about "filling in the gaps" in two different settings.
First is while reading a book. The author wrote that we too often fill in the gaps. We make sure that there's no downtime, no free time, no time to think. Always checking email, lost in electronic devices, always doing doing doing and never having any gaps.
The second instance that I heard about gaps is when a good friend of mine explained that it's very very important to have Christ fill in the gaps. We do the best we can but don't sweat it. We don't have to do it all- He fills in the gaps. We simply do our part to help other people and to make our life a masterpiece but ultimately he's capable of filling in the gaps.
Allow gaps to be in your life. Gaps of time, gaps to think and to relax.
And understand that He, Jesus Christ, can fill in all of our gaps,
Michael Jordan lost his wife in his quest. Larry H. Miller admitted his greatest mistake in life was neglecting his family. And Jon Huntsman Sr.? Too many hours away from his family was his lament too.
Money is awesome!
But true happiness comes when wealth and time are wielded in defense of family, not at the expense of family.
Annually my parents would get a huge load of wood dropped off at our house to supply our wood-burning stove. It would get us through the cold New York winter when coupled with a gas furnace.
One year my mother and father had a brilliant idea-dump the entire container of wood in front of my basketball hoop!
My court was large and made with brand-new asphalt. I loved to play on the court everyday for hours as I worked to become the best player in two towns.
They knew that I couldn't play basketball until I personally had put away every piece of wood.
I enlisted my best friend, Tim, to help me take loads of wood in the wheelbarrow. And I personally removed many loads of wood so that the giant stack of wood would be out-of-the-way of my basketball hoop and court.
I don't remember how long it took but I remember being highly motivated to work fast.
My parents were geniuses; they taught me the importance of working first playing second.