Practically speaking, one day recently was a complete waste. It started early for a time of prayer with friends. This was followed by yet another meeting with another friend. And then one more time of hanging out with some friends who just had a beautiful new baby (By the way, there are so many cute new babies around us these days!). From here, I went with my wife to her office and talked with a colleague of hers. Then, both of us ended our evening again enjoying conversation with some other colleagues over dinner.
An entire day of conversation. Practically meaningless. Nothing accomplished other than deep conversation with dear people.
Yet relationally robust. While my day was indeed not filled with tasks completed of checklists nor power lunches with those in-the-know, it was definitely fulfilling. It was a day to learn more the importance of Paul’s prayer to the church at Ephesus, that out of the glorious riches of Jesus they would be strengthened “with power through his Spirit in your inner being” (3:16).
It’s days like these that remind me of the important things—a new baby’s coo, deep conversations with old friends and new, and taking time to let the details go aside. May each of us be willing to set aside the task list for awhile and focus on things that really matter, things with eternal value—people, relationships and connection of souls.