Do you ever feel that you may lack discipline? If you do, I can tell you that I know exactly how you feel and have often beat myself up for not sticking to a rigid routine that looks amazing written down on paper. But in reality life happens and I just cannot stick to it! Perhaps you can relate.
Well, I have to tell you I do pray for more discipline and focus. I usually get loads done, but often I think that I could do more if I were more disciplined with myself. I don’t know about you but if I am really honest, life does get in the way sometimes with unexpected, unplanned moments, but the truth is I do let myself off the hook far too easily and have to ensure I focus on the things that matter in order to live a balance life, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.
Taking care of the family home and pets, devoting time to developing this ministry, study, my work as a modern slavery campaigner, visiting parents, dedicating time to being a good wife, Mom, friend and sister and a few more things besides all make up the framework of my everyday living are important and I have to be mindful I can easily burn out trying to hard to get everything done. Equally I know that when it comes to things I don't enjoy as much I can convince myself its ok to not to do them when thats not the truth those things I don't enjoy are parts of my life that if neglected will see it out of balance, for me physical exercise and writing assignments I do not enjoy yet they are necessary, to keep my healthy and to complete my ministry studies so I have to ensure I am accountable and disciplined. I use an accountability buddy someone I trust to tell me the truth in love but will not let me get away with neglecting the necessary things including taking time to reflect and relax. Time management is an important task to master, creating space to do the necessary things, to find balance and enjoy your life without wasting time. And if we are honest we can all waste time.
No doubt you live a similar life, you may have small children, mine are all grown up and independent but occasionally still require my time.
So here's the question 'Where do you fit time in for just you?' If you are struggling for time, I hope this blog will help you begin thinking about your day and finding a solution that works for you.
A friend and Pastor Steve, he told me about a book he had read. The thing that stuck in my mind was our discussion that was centered around time and how we often hear people say they have no time to do more for themselves let alone others. Yet what they really mean is they don’t want to do more and to get more out of your life it is important to be clear about what you really mean and what you really want. Being intentional and setting up expectation. We talked about the need to be courageous and ask ourselves if you are the stumbling block?
The book Steve read talked about us all having 168 hours in a week and if we were to note what we do with those hours, we can immediately see just how much time we waste. How about you over the next week you make a decision to note exactly what you do with your 168 hours, it will highlight where you need to devote more time and where you can be more productive. This will result in you getting more done, feeling more in control and enjoying a deeper sense of satisfaction with your active time. It also removes our excuses for not having time.
It has inspired me.
I made a note and prayed each day to become deeper focused, more disciplined and to experience an increased output. Earlier in the year I woke up and knew I needed to get up and take action and make some changes to move towards my desire of being more productive, healthy and doing what is right for me to live a purpose-filled life over a procrastination-filled life.
Chuckling here to myself, as I type these words because God knows just what we need and when we let Him fully do His work within us. He lines our life up into a series of events that lead us to the moments that we have been praying for. I believe it was no coincidence I was introduced to Steve a few years ago he taught me the importance of good solid spiritual mentors. It is important to surround ourselves with the right mentors, that will stretch us and challenge us and encourage obedience and have our spiritual growth at the heart of everything they share with us.
What goals do you have for yourself?
Are you doing all you can to be all you were destined to be? I am not talking about the job you have or business you run. I am referring to the deep inner work. What will your legacy be? How does your behaviour influence others? Are you continually striving? on the hamster wheel of life, home to work, work to home, just to fill your home with 'stuff' and drive a car that you feel represents your success. Yet somehow you still feel burned out, get angry with your family, are desperately trying to prove to others you have it all under control.
I feel grateful that I am no longer allowing others to tell me who I should be, that I am no longer defined by materialism and I am no longer searching things to make me happy, that I have learned that money doesn't bring happiness and it does it no longer dominates my decision-making, that I am not looking to be amongst people just to fill the gaps of loneliness and I am no longer striving to be somebody I was not designed to be.
I have found peace within, connected to the creator of my soul, the only one who can satisfy my soul cravings. No amount of money, food, drugs, alcohol, friends can do that. I feel cherished and completely loved and free to be totally 100% authentically myself.
If you find yourself like I once was and are still searching for answers, feeling lonely, struggling with a life challenge, then get involved with the good fellowship of people who are in life where you want to be, not stuck where you are.
The quality of your friendships and fellowship = the quality of your future. Upgrading YOU, not your car, your home or job or business is the one action that will lead you to that deep inner satisfaction you crave.
Material satisfaction never brings the fulfilment you are craving.
A beautiful friend gave me flowers on Saturday. They were a gorgeous cluster of closed white rose buds. This morning they were in full bloom. Proud in all their glory. Upright and victorious. They remind that God is all around us. He is continuously letting us know He is present in our lives. We can Him full glory for the beauty of creation, for the wonders of His mighty hand in our lives.
With Him, we can stand upright and be victorious. When we are full of faith and trust our Heavenly Father we transform from buds into full blooms, we blossom and prosper. We let go of the labels of life and take on our true God-given identity and live a purpose-filled life.
Make a decision to take that inner upgrade and begin that journey.
Father, we thank you for this precious gift of life and to live the destiny you designed us for.
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Until next time may you be beautifully blessed.