Life can be exhausting—even in good ways. I am happy in my job, with my blog, in my church, etc but you can also tire out. Just because things are good doesn’t mean they can’t be hard. Work-life balance is challenging at the moment for me and I feel like I have been drifting away from my regular posting which I refuse to do. I just need to refocus, maybe wake up earlier, write tired, all of those things. But on a practical note I want to encourage you all with the following points I’ve read in Scripture this week.
If you feel exhausted remind yourself that:
1. David felt too young, too under-qualified for his job (1 Kings 3:7 MSG) but God used him mightily.
2. Sometimes you just need to give something up. It might be down-time reading a book or watching that show on Netflix but sometimes you need to give something to get something. In Job 37:14 it says “Pause a moment, and listen; consider the wonderful things God does.”
3. Evaluate if the things you are doing are actually beneficial to your life. Sure, you might be taking photos for a hobby, but if that’s at the expense of your true calling maybe you need to take photos less and grow your real gifts/calling. Hebrews 12:1 says “Let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back…and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us”. Meaning sure. There are plenty of things I wish I had time to explore i.e. dancing, art, learning guitar or drums, etc. But ultimately I know these are just time-wasters for my own journey. I need to be focusing on writing, speaking, leading, encouraging, and all of the things I have a passion for and know God created me for. I need to be prioritizing my gifts and not squandering them in pursuit of things that aren’t mine to carry. In other words as far as I can tell, I’m not meant to be a worship leader, or a dancer, I can enjoy those things, or appreciate people who do those things, but I need to be a good steward of my time and resources for the particular calling I have. And let those with the dance or worship calling carry that out.
So beautiful girl reading this..handsome boy, we can do hard things. We were created to do hard things. We were created to carry our own creative crosses and walk out the missions we are given. Sure, in a face-paced creative world, do we all sometimes feel that we need to improve our Instagram game? Or sign up for Snapchat or learn how to play that instrument that everyone seems to be playing on YouTube? Yeah, but ultimately we’re not all meant to be that triple-threat where we can do it all. The Trinity is my triple threat. I just have to play my small part. And so do you.