Hey all! I hope that you’ve had some time to think about your five things. I’ve talked to a few of you who can’t quite seem to get your list down to five. I want to give you a picture.
Imagine you are in a rocket about to take off. You’ve been training for weeks, months, years really. You want nothing more than to take off… you hear the countdown begin: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… time for lift off! Except that you’re not actually going anywhere. Turns out your rocket is too full and the weight is keeping you grounded. “I just couldn’t decide what to leave behind,” you say. In your indecision, you’ve hindered yourself from launching into the life you were created for. A life full of purpose and joy.
This scenario probably brought one or two things to mind that you are holding on to and need to let go. I can tell you from experience that it is not easy to let go, but worth it every time! I needed to let go of the idea that I could take amazing care of my family, run a thriving children’s ministry, work part time for a company I loved, homeschool my kids and maintain all the relationships in my life. I was so stubborn at that time in my life too. I was nursing my 5 month old baby and could not produce enough milk, so instead of cutting something out of my life so I could rest and my body could do what it was supposed to do, I decided that I should make my own baby formula. Every. Single. Day. Using 20 plus ingredients that were not easy to find. It’s a wonder my whole head isn’t covered in grey hair by now! God is so kind. He never took anything out of my hand. He waited patiently for me to realize I was never created to save the whole world. I just wanted to give you a very real picture of where I’ve come from and why the concept of five things is so important to me. My life was too full for me to even enjoy the people most important to me. I was not happy. Stress was my M.O. and I crashed. Hard.
We only get one life. I want to make sure that I love my life. I don’t think it is unreasonable to live a life you love right now. It starts with being intentional. You need to decide what you were created for and what truly makes you alive. When you fill your life with the things you love, you begin to like your life a lot more.
I realize that, for some, this might be the first time you feel you’ve received permission to let go of the things that suck the life out of you. There are so many lies that we believe and standards we try to live up to that are unreal and unattainable. You will never be perfect, and if that is what you are striving for, not only will you be burned out just as I was, you will be living in disappointment as well.
I am at a point in my life where I am truly happy. I do not live under stress and I have so much more peace. It is so amazing that I just can’t keep it to myself. I want to share that with you! So here is what I am proposing. I’d love to build a community of people who are done trying to do all.the.things., so I have created a Facebook page where we can connect. A place where you can share your five things and find people who are pursing similar goals. We can build each other up and spur each other on to live our lives with happy hearts! Find me at five things on Facebook and let’s connect!