Is it just me, or do you feel as though you could put the Kentucky Derby to shame with all the different hats you wear?
It doesn’t matter if you are single or married, with kids or without, a career person, or stay at home warrior… Being human these days comes with the expectation that we can, should, and need to do it all.
The heart of this blog is to bring peace to that expectation. It is my hope that in the pursuit of balance, our purpose is made clearer, our dreams more prominent, and our expectations more realistic.
But today, I have an interesting perspective for you. An idea that places one area of balance above ALL the rest. An outlook I hope you read with an open mind and heart. Today I share an opinion that is not always popular, is often scoffed at, and sometimes raises controversy.
Today, I am here to tell you that my number one job is to take care of my SPIRITUAL self.
I have tried and failed so many times to have a perfectly balanced life. I’ve made lists and graphs and excel spreadsheets that would make you reallllly wonder about me.
I’ve spent days on end running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I’ve had weeks when I’ve barely left the house. I’ve had moments of kick-arse productivity and times when I’ve been so weary I could hardly move. And you better believe guilt followed me around in nearly every scenario.
But the thing about paying attention to life balance is that I’ve actually learned some things. (Shocking, right?!) It’s helped me notice patterns and trends, and has reminded me of the definition of insanity- you know, that whole doing the same thing and expecting different results thing.
Now, I’m not claiming to be a quick learner. In fact, I’m more than a little embarrassed to admit that even realizing this has taken me waaaaayyy longer than it should. And even now, I often forget. I never get it perfect. And I still end up smacking my own forehead for falling down the rabbit hole- time and time again.
But here’s what I’m learning: Taking care of my soul makes everything else in life better.
When I consistently spend quiet time with God, when I make Him a priority every day, there is a peace that surrounds me that I simply cannot explain.
Does this mean life is easy-peasy? Um, no.
Does this practice keep me immune to danger, struggles, or strained relationships? Nope.
But it absolutely gives me strength and perspective to handle whatever comes my way.
When I take care of my relationship with God first, I am a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend.
When I start my day with Jesus and invite Him to come along, I speak with more wisdom (Which usually looks like keeping my mouth shut.), act with more patience, and think with more positivity. I am kinder- both to myself, and to others.
Taking care of my spiritual self alleviates the pressure to wear ALL the hats and to look good doing it.
I want to invite you to make this YOUR number one job. Not because I have all of a sudden shared a novel idea. But because I know I always appreciate an encouraging reminder. And because I would love to save you some of the time I wasted grasping at straws.
Even if it’s just for this week, try making your SOUL your priority. Dig into scripture, pray bold prayers, and praise Him like you’ve never worshiped before.
Focus on your number one job and see if those other hats don’t end up fitting just a little bit better.