The changes we desire to make in life become increasingly possible when we change the influences around us. What we consume always determines what we become—whether for the good or the bad. – Joshua Becker Becoming Minimalist
Can I ask you what your goals were at the beginning of the year? Actually no, scratch that.
What were your top three goals?
Have you changed those goals?
Did you know that they can change? Yeah, man…
You actually have the freedom to change your goals.
And you know what? A new day, month or year isn’t required for you to decide to change them.
I’m gonna echo Lara Casey again and say there’s nothing magical about January 1st.
Or Monday for that matter.
The only requirement for change is surrender.
Surrender is a decision that simply says where I can’t God can.
Surrender is still fighting the good fight but you find there’s more strength after you lay down your guard. Not your shield, your guard (aka that wall of defense).
So last week, I surrendered.
On my lunch break, in the parking lot of Starbucks.
I whispered “God I have no idea what I’m doing and I’ve got these people following behind me that I promised to lead and I don’t even know what my next move is.”
Y’all with tear-filled eyes I sat there numb. Numb & afraid of the admission that I need guidance on my own life (let me clarify that I DO NOT think I have it all figured out); I had somewhat of an epiphany; a realization that I just admitted to the need to have my own life being lead in order to lead someone else; I anxiously waited for His response.
See here’s what happens, there’s a huge vulnerability of identifying our weaknesses but there’s also a fear of being judged if we own our strengths. God is in that. God WANTS to be smack dab in the middle of that. He wants us to surrender that and admit it to Him.
You know what He told me.
“Then stop trying so hard. You just keep doing what you’re doing, with the people I send you and let Me do the rest.”
Surrender is an attitude. An attitude that cultivates a climate of change.
Recently I’ve just wanted to do less. Not in a lazy way, but a decluttering way. An attitude of less, to have less. Good Lord, to worry less. (can I get an amen?)
To, Be less. gasp …
You know what’s AWESOME about that one? There’s no striving, no comparing, no trying so hard to hustle, you just honest to good get to be you in all of your truest creation! It’s liberating.
If I’m going to be more I need to be less. Less really is more when you think about it.
My kids will know me: my crazy heart. my wild dreams. my fierce & fearless faith. – Morgan Day Cecil
The other day I was looking at the calendar and trying to decide how we’d spend summer. I took a deep breath and said “doing absolutely nothing”.
When my kids were really little I would pack our summer days with trips to Chuck E Cheese’s, VBS, camps, playdates and everything I could think of so that no one ever had the chance to scream the words “what are we doing today” or “I’m bored”. What
I got they got in return was an exhausted cranky mama. Now that they’re both teens I’m sure they’d much rather sleep the morning away and wake up somewhere around the middle of the day and just eat. And you know what, some days I’m gonna just let that happen. And I’m also sure that someone will argue that if I don’t keep them busy they will become like other teens who morph into lazylogs and lose their interest in the academic things. I trust we’ll find the balance. I trust God on this one and I trust we’ll find a way to be adventurous.
Change starts in the attitude.
Change is an attitude that trusts God no matter what.
In the book The Miracle of Life Change Chip Ingrim describes the climate where change happens.
“When God, through His Spirit, wants to teach us how radical life-change occurs, He doesn’t begin with activities. Instead He begins with relationship. Ephesians 4:2-3 outlines the process of this holy transformation: ‘Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace‘. Notice the four key words: HUMBLE, GENTLE, PATIENT AND BEARING. These are cruicial attitudes. This morphing process occurs through our relationships with others and through some very specific responsibilities we must accept in order for change to happen. Butterflies change in a cocoon. Christians change in a community. Both experience shelter. Both experience struggle.”
Which attitude comes naturally to you? Which one do you find yourself having to put more effort into? Perhaps striving, to ‘get it right’? What’s one change you want to surrender to God?
Owning less is far more beneficial than organizing more – #Simplify (Joshua Becker)
Surrender to the change. Carry the right attitude & put down the suitcases. Lay down your guard.
How many servings of fruits & veggies are you getting everyday?
Did you know the vibrant colors of fruits and veggies tell us which special disease-fighting, phytonutrients are inside. Color deficiencies in our food choices increase our risks of heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes and more.
- With an SPF of 25-50 Raspberry seed oil can be used as a sunscreen
- Red fruits and veggies are rich in lycopene, ellagic acid, caffeolyquinic acids, and hydroxybenzoic acids
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