Refocused & Recharged

Today I have been overwhelmed.  I feel pulled in a million directions, everyone needs or wants something from me and I am not ready or able to give it.  Taking a simple breath and asking for God to give me strength…I begin to feel like I am ready to tackle my life.  I want this life.  I love this life.  I just want order from chaos and I am not exactly a patient person.

Thinking about my life, where I am, where I want to be…

I want to pledge to:  

Stop trying to be perfect!  Perfection isn’t possible…it’s a good goal, but like my mom constantly tells me, “It’s better than it was.”  Just work towards doing better and better every day.

Be okay with making mistakes!  I am not someone who likes to make mistakes or admit that maybe I did make a mistake.  The reality is…I have and will make mistakes.  It’s all about trying anyway!

Be okay with me!  I really like me actually, and if you don’t…that hurts me.  But I have gotten over that.  I know my heart and I know that God loves me, flaws and imperfections and all, and that’s ALL that matters!!  I have one expectation to live up to…and that’s God’s expectations of me.

Not be anxious!  I struggle with anxiety, but that is not of God.  I just need to remember that if things are God’s will for my life, if I do what I am supposed to do, they will happen.  God is so faithful and amazing.  I am blessed.

Focus on doing!  I am not going to whine or complain about the state of this world, I am going to spend my minutes working to change that.  Whining or complaining do NOTHING.  Put my hands, feet, mind, and heart to work is the only thing that I can do to change it.

Stop waiting for the “perfect” time!  There is never a perfect time.  There is God’s timing.  So I am going to rely on that.  Everything we do has risks, the question is…am I willing to take that risk?  The answer is yes.  There is a lot of people who will try and stop you from pursuing your calling, but don’t let their voices become louder than God’s.  There are a million reasons why you shouldn’t do something…but I am looking at the reasons why I should.

Stop listening/saying I’m not ready!  God will prepare me…nobody is ever totally ready.  Getting out of your comfort zone, relying completely on God, that’s what makes growth happen!  Change is good and doing new things will grow and stretch us.

Change my perspective!  Look at things and consider if they are going to matter next week, next month, next year, in ten years.  Give them the value and weight that they deserve.

Be realistic!  I can hear the laughter already.  I need to promise only what I can deliver on.  I need to plan, not procrastinate!  Use both emotion and reason to make decisions.  Give up friendships that have proven they will never change, move on from that.  Remember God’s in control, not me.  Be okay with that!

Become more outspoken!  Stop hiding my thoughts and feelings…they have value.  I need to say what I want to say.  Stop being shy and nervous.

Remember that with hard work comes success!  Nobody is entitled to anything…we need to earn what we have.  Taking the easy road doesn’t bring awesome rewards.  It brings mediocrity.  My life is worth more than that.  Passion for something will prevent burnout and make others passionate.  I refuse to settle for second best because it’s easier.  This is my time to focus on what God has called me to do with my life.  That will take work, but it will be worth it!!

Thank God for my many blessings!  Celebrate what God has given me…  Life, love, happiness, health, family.  How incredible!  Kick back and enjoy them sometimes.  Don’t think about what I don’t have…be grateful for what I do.  It’s so much more than what others have and far more than I deserve.

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