Here Goes Nothing

True story…

Church Elder (via phone): Hi, Pastor, how are you?

Pastor: Good, thanks.

Elder: Say, we’re launching a new prayer ministry Thursday night, and would love for you to join us. What do you have going on that evening?

Pastor: Nothing, actually.

Elder: Great! So, we’ll see you around 6:45 pm at church, then?

Pastor: Nope.

Elder: Oh, I’m sorry, I thought you said you were doing nothing that night.

Pastor: You’re right, and that’s what I plan on doing that night…nothing.

Elder: Humph. (click)

Your busy lifestyle and schedule does not impress anyone or cause others to feel sorry for you. Stop responding to “How are you doing?” with, “Good, but busy.” Everyone’s busy.

What we need out of you is a rested mind, body and soul so you can be at your best when called upon.

Schedule NOTHING on your calendar today.

*I may or may not have been that pastor. (136 words)


  1. I need to do this! Thanks for the encouragement to get some nothing scheduled!

  2. I’ll check in later this weekend to see how your Nothing is going. 🙂 Hard to schedule with the pace of this world, easy to get caught up in it all. Here’s to swimming against the stream!

  3. Thanks for setting the example….:)

  4. Aw, thanks, Mark…I’m trying. Not always succeeding, mind you. Endless battle, right? Happy trails to you and yours today, sure appreciate you ducking in!

  5. I’ll just assume you wrote a great piece again. Too busy to read it.

  6. Haha! Well, it would make me happier if I knew you were going to read it, but decided to do NOTHING instead of doing so. Wait, what? You’re hilarious, totally need to have you guest contribute. 🙂

  7. So timely, Leaderbird! We were just discussing in class today how our “over scheduling” has led to feelings of abandonment in today’s adolescents. I’m canceling two previously scheduled activities for my kiddos tonight. Instead they will do nothing (i.e. clean their rooms, play outside, and be creative). 🙂

  8. Ok, so Elle…this made my entire day! (dare I say, weekend?) You are so right on, thank you for not only realizing what might be best for them, but, actually acting upon it. Really proud of you and grateful that your “kiddos” have a mom that loves them like this. #anexampleforall

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