Multi-tasking with God
We communications professionals tend to be great multi-taskers – talking and writing at the same time, checking email while on conference calls, listening to speeches while crafting Facebook and Twitter posts in our heads, etc. If there is any way that I can do more than one thing at a time, I will find a way to do it. At home, I fold clothes while watching TV. I load the dishwasher while the washing machine fills with water. I use my commute home to call my parents.
Unfortunately, this spills over into my relationships. More often than not, I’ll be in the midst of cleaning house and doing other chores that take me to multiple rooms, when my husband or son will come up and start talking to me. I want to listen, but I also feel compelled to get on to my next thing. All too often, I say to them, “walk and talk,” so they can continue telling me whatever it is they want to tell me, while I can go about my business.
Not only does this communicate to them that whatever I am doing is more important than what they want to tell me, but I’m afraid it also says that they are not important enough for me to devote my time exclusively to them for just a few minutes a day.
This got me to thinking about my relationship with God. Am I doing the same thing with Him? I’ve always loved that He is with me everywhere I go, and I can “walk and talk” with Him all day long while I am doing all sorts of other things. While that is great, it in no way can replace quality time spent one-on-one with Him, just focusing on Him and Him alone and whatever He might want to say to me that day.
Am I truly listening when I ask my husband or son to “walk and talk,” or do I have half my focus on what I am trying to do? They deserve my undivided attention, but even more so does the Creator of the universe who laid down His life for me. Will you join me in trying to improve my communications skills where they count the most – being intentionally-focused in my conversations professionally, personally and spiritually?