Speak the Truth:
Philippians 2:14-15 Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Talk the Talk:
How busy are you? Many of you just laughed at this as your daily, weekly, or monthly schedule blurred through your mind. As for me, my calendar is chalk full. There is no space to add anything, except very early mornings, and very late evenings (where you can usually find me mindless on my couch trying to catch my breath from the day.) I know I am not the only one. I talk with other women that are in the same boat as me all the time. Life is hectic, and we get run down.
I think it is important to ask yourself… Why am I so busy? For me, I have 3 girls who are very active and social. I also have a job, a home to take care of, groceries to buy, etc. You get the idea. I have read books about boundaries and devotionals about how to say no, and they have given me great advice. I really have learned to say no to so many things. I have learned to change expectations of me and my family, and I have learned how to give myself grace. This still does not keep my family from being busy. I have come to accept that this is the stage of life that I am in.
I have decided I may not be able to change my schedule anymore, but I can change my attitude about my schedule. I would find myself saying… I HAVE to go to work, then I HAVE to pick up the girls, then I HAVE to take them to dance, then I HAVE to make dinner, etc. etc. etc. Just typing that sounds so burdensome. It’s time to change my mindset. I no longer HAVE to do anything….. Think about this with me.
1. I GET to go to work. (God has provided me with a job in order to help support my family financially.)
2. I GET to pick up the girls from school. (There are so many parents that don’t have the opportunity to pick up their children from school, due to sickness, work, or for whatever reason.)
3. I GET to take my kids to dance. (I am fortunate enough to be able to provide opportunities for my kids that others can only dream of.)
4. I GET to make (or get) dinner for my family. (I have 3 beautiful girls that are alive and healthy, and I get to help nourish them, spend time with them, show them I love them.)
Please know that I am thankful for the above; however, your list might look totally different.
Walk the Walk:
When I get to do something, it is a privilege; when I have to do something, it is a burden. Remember anything we do, we make the choice to do it, so we need to learn to appreciate it. Let me encourage you, 1. Slow down in whatever way you can . Say no to some things, so you can enjoy the little things. 2. Then when you can’t slow down anymore, change your attitude. The Bible says, Do all things without grumbling or disputing. Philipians 2:14. When we change our I HAVE to, to I GET to, it feels so energizing. 3. Then finally, schedule time for rest and don’t apologize for it. Put it on your calendar and label it. Protect it at all cost. We need to find time to rest, just as Jesus did to prepare ourselves mentally and physically for the rigors of life.
When we change our attitude, even in the midst of busyness and tiredness, others will notice. It is an opportunity to show others that we live differently, even though our schedules may be the same. We don’t go through our day alone. He gives us the energy and strength we need to accomplish everything, and to have a great attitude while we do it.