What did JVJ do all day? He was sawing wood some of the time according to this chapter. He did not have a job. He did not have many possessions. It was just him and Cosette and the old woman who was spying on him. Of course she was suspicious! Spying was gave her life some adventure. Can you blame her.
Five Ways I Must Spend Time:
- Drill down into an activity. Even though something seems trivial, if you are going to take the time to do it, take it to the depths and involve yourself with it. Don’t just skim the surface. Pay attention for a long time and question the minutia. Enjoy the curiosity of things that may not matter.
- Learn to sit and just be. How long can you sit still on the back porch without anything other than a cup of coffee and your thoughts and prayers to entertain you?
- Striking the right balance in activity. One must have flourishes of adventure in the world. Sorties out into the uncomfortable raw earth and open society to engage with others.
- Tithe on your time to live for others. Out of your work day there should be a portion of helping others reach their goals – preferably not some activity that is part of your job. Love your neighbors unexpectedly with a visit, a cake, or a card. Serve the poor. Shop for the perfect gift. Spend the time without personal gain.
- Spend lots of time listening. Listen to sounds all around. Listen to people. Listen to God. Listen to your heart. Listen to yourself and ask yourself why your mind is going this direction or that. Listen without judgment or prescription. Just pay attention.
Perhaps JVJ did these things. He could have certainly done all of them within this chapter. But nothing else would have been recorded for our sake.