What is your focus on today? During these days of slowing down and coming close in your homes we have time, finally, to get “unbusy”… We have been forced to halt and stop what has become our normal.
I love the unbusy… I love the slow. For me it means we get to focus on relationship better. I see so much hope for families and spouses reconnecting during this time.
At the same time I know that a lot is up in the air, and many are scared about many things. When the unknown hits, when tragedy hits the world or your own small world it can be so easy to focus on what we’ve lost versus what we’ve gained. It can be easy to focus on the chaos of fear.
But today I say, focus on hope. Focus on every hour kissing the faces of your kids, hug your spouse extra long… Go out of your way today to love those around you bigger and better than the day before. If you know cleaning the toilet would make someone happy and feel loved then clean that toilet. If it means making coffee and sitting down just to be close and that is what fills someone’s love cup, then get to it!
In the time where things keep getting banned, sickness takes over and grief of your normal sets in– turn to hope. Hope helps you see the many opportunities before you now.
I keep hearing phrases like, “In these uncertain times” or ” These are uncertain times”… And I don’t like it. I get it but I don’t like it. I like knowing what is going on. I like having a sense of certainty.
Even though we don’t know what is going on… How severe things really are or aren’t… Even though life has changed drastically so suddenly, I do know one thing for certain: God is good and He can be your certainty. He can be your source of peace. He can be trusted!
We see in the gospels where Jesus commanded storms to be still… He healed the sick. He delivered people from oppressive demons. He never faltered, never stammered and certainly he never doubted. He was available even on the Sabbath to help someone.
If fear is making your heart race, your thoughts go round and round and stealing sleep, and moments of joy… Let God come. Peace. Be still. Fear go back to hell. Peace. Be still.
He is not scared. Let Him take care of you and your family. To any storm you face, He can and will speak,
Many of us have this thinking process that is not true. We think that if we don’t have every detail figured out then we shouldn’t try something because we will not succeed. Failure. It actually is okay to fail as long as we get back up. It is okay to not have everything figured out. Sometimes our lives take twists and turns we were not expecting.
I heard the phrase, “If you aren’t failing then you aren’t living”… I don’t remember who said it but it stuck to me like glue. Essentially, by living life fearlessly despite possible failure, despite knowing every step to take, you are succeeding.
My entire life I was afraid to fail. If I wasn’t good at something or did not know the next step I was hesitant or gave up too soon. Ever since that day many years ago, I have made it a mission to fail (to live life fiercely, passionately and fearlessly) and as I have I have seen God do so many things I never dreamed would be possible!!
It is a freeing thing to realize that you don’t have to have it figured out. God already knows the steps down to the tiniest details. It is prideful of us to think we must and should know every detail and do things perfectly. We aren’t God.
If you are afraid of failure, afraid that you won’t please everyone, and often beat yourself up because things were not perfect, step out of that path! You are given permission to fail today, to not do things perfectly. You may need to ask for forgiveness, repent or wipe the dust off of your knees but learning the Jesus life is the best life. Trust and obey the one who lived a perfect life knowing you wouldn’t. His grace never runs out as you trust, obey and do better each time. He doesn’t expect perfection. He expects obedience.