I had to laugh the other day at a comment my son’s friend made. As I buzzed around the kitchen directing the two 16-year-old boys as they unloaded the car from Costco, Cory’s friend said, “Yeah, things are a little more relaxed at my house.”
“Are you saying that things are uptight around here?” I asked jokingly.
“Nah, you just run a tight ship.”
I couldn’t help but laugh, because he was exactly right. Although, personally, I’d never put it in those terms before.
To me, running a tight ship means doing things right the first time. It’s working together as a family to help our home run smoothly. It’s also living with the mindset that we serve God, and not people, valuing His opinion above all.
Running a tight ship also relates to my personal goals, including my writing. At the start of every day, I consider all the things I need to work on, and then I seek God’s wisdom (though reading His Word) and strength (through prayer). I then narrow the lists and lists of things to do, down to my top five or six.
Today these include:
Write the next few posts for my guest blogger spot at God Allows U-Turns.
Brainstorm ways to launch my new website Unforgettable Stories of World War II.
Walk at least two miles.
Take my grandma shopping for a new chair for her bedroom.
Read at least two chapters in one of my reseach books for my next novel.
Try my hand at making homemade New England Clam Chowder for dinner.
Work on the next level of paperwork for our adoption. (Check out my Gen X Parents Blog to read our adoption announcement.)
Narrowing down my “goals” into doable steps works for me. So does trusting that God’s plan for my day, and my life, is perfect.
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you,” Isaiah 26:3 reads, and this underlying trust is the one thing that allows me to do all these things, to run a tight ship, with inner strength and joy.