Choose to Cheat

For those that know me they expect to hear a phrase: “I was listening to a great podcast the other day and …”

I tend to listen to a lot of podcasts and a recent life changing one was Choose to Cheat by Andy Stanley.

In fact it was two well timed podcasts, the first was a leadership stream and second was a service on the same theme.

Choose to Cheat is the acceptance that managing time means that someone or something will miss out. There are only 24 hours in a day and at best you’ll only function about 18 of them.

Seems like a lot when you think of so many hours, until you break it down.

Living on Borrowed Time

Our lives are becoming increasingly busy, with so much to fit in. After all, think of the many roles you play in life.

For me it’s a husband, a dad, a son, a brother, a boss, an employee, a friend, a squash player, a handyman (albeit an ordinary one), a writer, a reader, a board member, a … It goes on and on – when you consider the many roles you play and the time commitments for each it becomes obvious that not all will be given their required share.

Something’s got to give … whether it’s family, friendships, fitness, the one area that generally isn’t lacking is work.

Choose to cheat asks us to recognise this before the fall rather than be surprised when it happens.

Andy Stanley compares it to holding a rock for an extended time, at some stage physically your body will react and, no matter how mentally tough you are, you will drop it.

Maybe it’s not you that drops the rock, but your wife, your kids.

This podcast was a timely reminder that managing time is a good way of avoiding the real issues of a lack of time in areas you should be investing.

It certainly impacted my life!

Find more about the Choose to cheat or it’s more modern title, When Work and Family Collide.

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4 responses to “Choose to Cheat

  1. Good reminder of how much we take on; it would be nice to cut back where possible. Thanks!

    • Hi Marcia, hard not to take on responsibility – especially in a work environment. But it’s just as true at home! Get caught up focusing or worrying about the menial things rather than what matters.

  2. Thank you Corri and it is true without having a good balance you can fall in a heap I did before, so now I ask God for His balance and it is not regimented, I have a lot of freedom in it. I had decided to start an Australian Blog after having an American one for 6 mthes, we Blog differant in Australia to me it’s more community orientated, I was not sure if I would have the time but my Husband Ron offered to help me, he has supported me with Freedomborn and now he will have involvement in both he will have his corner as he calles it which means I will have much more time to come and visit perhaps even find out why you think your a raver and if you are more of a one then me.

    Christian Love Anne

    • Hi Anne, thanks for your comments. Key word is balance – but recognising the point of balance can often be hard. As it continues to move! Especially as it relates to finding time for family, work and leisure. Glad to hear you’ve worked it out and look forward to hearing more from you.

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