Have you ever had trouble reading a font, and misread a familiar phrase? Well today, I read the first commandment as "Thou shall not have goals before me." And I did a double-take.
Not a misprint. I just can't read at 8am, I guess. But this was exactly what I needed to hear.
I'm a very ambitious person, and often need a reality check on just how much a healthy person should do in a day. Not "can" but should. My last semester of college consisted of 19 credits, a research project and presentation (not for class) that took basically the amount of time of another 3 credit class, 2 shows in the theater department, weekly roommate dinners, and interviews for jobs for after graduation. Somehow I lived, and moms out there probably think "that's nothing," but my point is; I like to be doing a billion things.
Right now? I'm building 2 businesses, working 2 other part-time jobs, trying to get in better shape, balance relationships(like my marriage!), and make sure my cat gets enough attention in a day. Life is nuts, but it is somehow balanced...IF I have my priorities straight. I felt like my life was falling apart about 3 weeks ago. The main thing I have changed has been going to Adoration weekly, and taking time to pray for at least 10 minutes a day. My goals were getting in the way. I was trying to be the ultimate wife, rockstar business owner, washboard abs goddess but forgot about being a daughter of God, and spending time with my Creator.
WHAT THE WHAT?!
We. All. Do. This.
My goals are not bad. We often desire good things but we don't desire them in a way that is in line with God's plan. We often try to do all these things and forget what is most important. Sometimes all we are being asked to do is wait. "Not now, but someday. Trust me."
Some things can wait, they are worth waiting for (bigger things like marriage, kids, starting a new career, etc) Some things can wait, they don't have to get done today (like the dishes or becoming a fitness model overnight).
This mindset takes humility. It takes being patient with yourself, with God, and your life. It means having Him as your Primary Goal because we all want to spend eternity with Him! It means letting him put everything into place while you keep your eyes on the prize...Him.