Editor’s Note: This is a post I wrote back in August of 2015. I never published it because I thought it might feel like too much of a rant. My life has changed some since writing this. I resigned from volunteering in women’s ministry. This was an extremely difficult decision. I’ll probably share in a later post why I stepped down. It had nothing to do with our team. It had everything to do with me following God’s leading. AND I recently resigned from the job I’ve had for the last 2.5 years. That was also a difficult decision to make. It was time for me to step away from certain commitments so that I would have the energy for a new season of parenting, marriage and mentoring.
My intention for sharing this post is to share a simple truth that could help shift your perspective of the season of life you’re in. I’m not encouraging you to quit volunteering or to quit your job. I’m encouraging you that purposeful living will (at some point) shake you out of your comfort. It’s worth it!
I don’t offend easily (at least I don’t think I do)…but…
Lately, there is a question increasingly asked of me and it’s kind of becoming a pet peeve of mine. I don’t know if it’s righteous indignation or me being overly sensitive. Either way, I realized I don’t like being asked ‘how do you have time to do all this?‘
I’m sure most people don’t mean anything by it, when they ask me that question.
Let me give you a brief rundown of my life at the moment:
I am a wife and a mother to 3 children. This school year we have one kid in high school, one in junior high and one in elementary.
I just finished writing and publishing my first book. It took me 2.5 to 3 years from start to finish.
I am in the process of planning a women’s event and a 5K race that I believe will help women live out the principles I share in the book.
I’ve been apart of the leadership team for our church’s women’s ministry team for the last 7 or 8 years.
I am mentoring one single woman. Together, my husband and I mentor married couples from our church and in our community.
I’m up and ready to run or work out most mornings by 5:30a, so that I can leave home by 7am, before dropping off my kids at school and heading to work at my full time job which requires a 1 hour commute (one way) every day.
I share all of this to give you perspective of why I get asked this question. I’m not sharing this because I wear the busy pace of my life as a badge of honor. I do not, at all. The truth of the matter is my life feels overwhelming, even to me, most of the time. I am continually stretched mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
There are days when I want to quit everything. I want to quit my commute; quit my job; quit volunteering; quit raising my kids; quit mentoring; quit dreaming. I want to be content with a slower pace of living. But I can’t. Like Jeremiah of the Bible there is a fire in my bones that won’t let me settle for less than fulfilling my purpose.
I live in the uncomfortable right now. Nothing is easy. My endurance is being tested. But I refuse to quit!
My drive comes from a sense of purpose. I have a sense of urgency in my heart. We don’t have the promise of tomorrow. I believe in living in the moment, but not at the expense of fulfilling my purpose.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not an all work and no play type person. I do have times of rest and refreshing. There’s no way I could continue at this pace, indefinitely. Rest is something I have to require of myself.
I recently read a book by Nancy Leigh Demoss, Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free. Nancy states in the book that we don’t have time to do everything, but we have time to do everything God has called us to do. Now that’s liberating!
I don’t have time to do everything, but I have time to do everything God has called me to do.
This statement has become one of my life confessions. It’s one of the truths that helps keep me focused, when life feels overwhelming.
JOURNAL USING THIS DEVOTIONAL PROMPT: Are there commitments you need to let go of, so that you have the energy to move forward with the God-given vision for your life?
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