I haven’t really written much for my blog in a while. I’ve been “busy” and somewhat distracted by other things… Which is what I want to write about today.
Life is crazy. We all have goals we want to reach, big dreams, little dreams, whatever it may be. But sometimes those things can be a distraction, even just our daily goals.
I often find myself so focused on the things that need to be done that I don’t make time for anything else. After all, that gigantic pile of laundry and all my homework won’t do themselves. I don’t make enough time for other things that don’t seem quite as important at the moment, like reading my Bible, journaling, praying, and writing for my blog. Or any other hobby that I enjoy doing.
I have to get that thing done. There’s always something. Sometimes it’s not just little tasks that need to be done, sometimes it’s bigger than that. I feel like I’m always waiting for something to happen. There’s always some sort of goal I’m desperately trying to reach. In my mind, I think as soon as that objective is accomplished, or as soon as I get to where I’m “supposed” to be, then everything will be okay and I can be truly happy.
Looking back, I can say with full confidence, that’s not how life works. I’ve achieved things, met those needs, reached a few goals, and at the end of the day those things are not what made me happy. All my problems were not magically repaired simply by attaining a goal. Yes, it gave me a sense of accomplishment, but it didn’t fix my life.
Throughout the day I ask myself “What can I do today to make my future better? How can I make my goals achievable?” Don’t get me wrong, ambition is a great thing, it really is. But more often then not I find myself just trying to “get by,” gotta get through the day, suffer through the week, wait for this month to be over. Before I know it, years have gone by, and I look back wondering where it all went. What the heck am I doing with my life? This isn’t living.
Yahweh has been trying to teach me this for years, and whenever I get stuck in the tiresome routine of everyday life I’m reminded of it. He says: “Be still, step back and take a breathe, sit here with me for a moment. You don’t have to do anything, just sit in my presence and rest.”
It’s in those moments that I have everything I need. I feel perfectly content. I’m not thinking about chores or my homework or the long list of things that cause me stress, day in and day out. No, in those moments I’m only thinking about what Yahweh is speaking to my heart: “Be still and know that I am God.”
God has to stop me and tell me this every once in a while. That’s all I need, and once again I feel refreshed and ready to take on life, but this time with a new mindset.
Breathe. Just breathe. It’s okay to stop. It’s okay to take a moment to focus on something other than a task list. Not only is it okay, but Yahweh wants that. He wants us to take time to meet with Him every day. He wants us to sit at His feet and just know that He’s there, that HE IS GOD.
This is what I’ve been learning…
“Life is not the mountain tops, it’s the walking in between.” -Ben Rector
Just take each day at a time. AND LIVE. Don’t just wait for it to end so you can move on to the next thing. Sit in the presence of Yahweh and rest, take time to read and pray and seek HIM before anything else.
Take time for the things you’re passionate about. Whether it’s reading, writing, dancing, or playing an instrument, or whatever else it may be, DO IT. Watch the sunset, stargaze, climb a tree, stop and smell the flowers, listen to music, and I mean really listen to it, think about the lyrics and the melody, and all the passion that someone else poured into it. Spend time with the people you love, and do your best to be present in every moment.
Don’t spend so much time existing that you forget to live. This is life, these little things are what make it beautiful. It’s not about that view you get to see for a few minutes when you reach the top of a mountain. It’s about the climb, and every step you take to get there.
I still ask myself what I can do to make my future better each day, but I make a point to remind myself: “What can I do to enjoy today?” It cultivates joy and gratefulness, while at the same time maintaining a forward-thinking attitude.
Thanks for taking time to read my thoughts, it means so much to me! I love you all! Until next time, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses…