What’s on your schedule for today?

If it’s anything like mine, it’s crammed from beginning to end with laundry, packing lunches, shuttling kids to school, cleaning, day job responsibilities, writing goals, calls to make, exercise, picking kids up after school and football practice, supervising homework, and fixing dinner. Add in taking the car for an emissions test or a back-to-school night to meet the teachers and it gets really crazy!

But what if my husband calls and asks me to update and email him a copy of an algebra syllabus that’s on our home computer? What if the school calls to say my eight-year-old is sick? What if my boss calls and wants me to take on a case with a rushed deadline?

This week’s character quality is availability. Making my own schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I serve.

It’s the opposite of being self-centered. It’s putting the needs of others before my own and trusting that God will help me get done everything that has to get done. Or as Paul said, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4 ESV)

I’m reminded of the disciples who left their fishing nets and tax collection tables to follow Jesus. I think of Philip who put aside his personal agenda to hop in the chariot of the Ethiopian eunuch and explain the Scriptures. Or even Isaiah who “heard the voice of the Lord, saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here I am! Send me.'” (Isaiah 6:8 NKJV)

When I get a call for help, I want to be available to serve.

What about you? Is your schedule rigid or flexible? Do you feel inconvenienced or thankful when others ask for help?

Character Matters – Availability
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