Buffet

May 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

If you want something done, ask a busy person! There is a lot of truth to that statement and certainly there are a lot of good and bad aspects to this reality. Someone who is busy often says that they have a full plate. A couple months ago, someone looked at me and said ‘you don’t have a full plate, you have a buffet!’ I laughed at the statement and have been thinking about it ever since that time. It is most certainly true. I cannot say that I am not too busy or that I even love being busy, but I can say that for this time and season of my life I am doing the right things. As I reflect on my buffet, I can name the whole list of stuff I am doing, but I think it is helpful to look at what each of those things mean to me and how this analogy might play out. My relationship with God, which usually is and should always be my first priority is not the main course; it’s the plate. There is no buffet, no real meal without Christ. Following this analogy, my gifts, personality and passion make up the eating utensils for my buffet. The main course is my family; my wife Jessica, my amazing kids and even my pets and extended family are a part of the main course-kind of like the gravy for the meat if you will (I know this is a weird blog and a weird analogy). I would say that my job is actually my beverage. It is more important than a side and is less important than God and my family. Ironically as someone with a lap band I can rarely eat and drink at the same time, which makes this part of the analogy especially helpful. Everything else in my life makes up the sides and the desserts. I would say that the dessert is my friends and the things I enjoy to do for fun. These are the things that I can simply enjoy and there are a lot of them. This brings me to the many side items that are a part of my life. While they do not consume the most time, they are the most in terms of quantity of items. This is pretty consistent of how I eat when I go to a buffet. This list includes my doctoral work, those I mentor, writing, and my various community involvement efforts in the school district, non-profit sector etc. As I look at my menu, which is found mostly in my resume, I recognize that I have a pretty diverse and big buffet. I do know how to say no and I find myself passing over some pretty good items on the buffet because I cannot do everything. I have been in a personal embargo as of late where I refuse to take on any new thing that does not generate income without giving something up. The buffet as I say is full. That said, I am thankful for the buffet and very thankful for all God has given me. The primary place where this analogy falls apart is that a buffet is meant to be consumed. My hope as a Christ follower is that I would intend to serve and not consume. Just some thoughts on my buffet this day…