I can't remember where or whenI heard this, but I think it's brilliant. My apologies to whoever said it originally, because I'm probably paraphrasing it horribly:
"The next time you say 'I don't have the time to____________', replace it with the words, 'I'm not willing to____________'."
If your "not willing" statement causes your conscience to bristle, it's worth considering a priority re-alignment. Feeling overwhelmed is rarely the result of a time-issue; it's most likely a value-issue. We prioritize time according to what we ultimately value.
Let me add that if we daily prioritize Jesus above all else, all other values will align accordingly. Jesus says so, Himself:
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." - Jesus (Matthew 6:33 NIV)
He also tells us that by making Him our top priority, we will not be overwhelmed:
"Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” - Jesus (Matthew 11:29 MSG)
May each of us "be willing" to follow Jesus, make disciples, and intentionally live as light in the darkness. It may feel inconvenient in the moment, but it will actually make the time all the more valuable.
You and I have been given the gift of 24 hours each and every day. If we spend those hours on what Jesus values, we will operate in perfect alignment with His plans and purposes for us, AND we will know His peace every step of the way.