The plans of a hard-working person lead to prosperity,
but everyone who is always in a hurry ends up in poverty.
And I've been guilty of this very thing - I've been hurrying everywhere and trying to do it ALL!
Funny thing is, as I am writing this I'm also listening to a radio program on Kinship Radio online to an interview with Max Lucado, the well known author of many Christian Books - and he's talking about this very subject - figuring out what's important and then figuring out what to do about our lives so that they match the plan that's vital for us to live with "the goal" in mind. The goal of living life to the best of our ability with a focus on it counting as a life lived to the glory of Jesus Christ.
In my case, I'm was lacking a shut off valve for doing "good things" and instead of doing just a few things well, I was trying to do all things and nothing was being accomplished or finished, just a lot of activity without fruit! Not a very good witness.
And SELF was continuously battling with me as I kept trying to juggle more and more. And then came a day when I knew that I had to take stock and prioritize and figure out, for me, what was important right now. This is what I'm finding for my life, at this time:
- developing my prayer life - devotion to Jesus Christ
- my marriage, I need to make sure it gets more tending than household etc! I desire to do some fun things for my amazing husband. Somehow our date nights have been being eaten away
- family and friendships - not willing to give up close connections to those I love - I see it too being sacrificed at times
- church - our church (Osoyoos Christian Centre) is growing and evolving (exciting times!!!) and the talents and gifts (all the glory to God) both my Mr and I have are being employed in a big way
- school - still trying to work through some graphics courses - but often I wind up helping others (thats part of ministry!) and missing my own lessons.
- teaching a two hour, six week (fridays) computer art course to grades 5-7 students
There's something missing here - my designing. I love designing. I'm passionate about it and would love to be able to do it all day, but when I sat down to prioritize my life I had to recognise that this is a want and not a need for my life right now. You have no idea how I wrestled and prayed about this. It came down to a vanity thing - I love being a designer. I LOVE Scrapbook-Elements where I sell, I love the PEOPLE at SBE, they have been fabulous, supportive of me 100%. My Mr as well, he gave me free choice to do what I thought was right - even though he watched me melt down under stress last year when I took on too much.
I finally had to make the decision and with a heavy heart I talked to Sunni and John at SBE and asked to be released. They were incredibly sensetive and kind, even offering me an hiatus for a few months. Ack - this made it harder for me because the little selfish part of my brain kept whispering "you could do it" even though the hard physical evidence of my calendar/planner says NOT. Designing is something I would want to do WELL, not just "a lot of" and I knew I would not be able to fulfill my obligations there and would have wound up in the train wreck for sure.
So, my time at SBE is winding down - I believe the 26th is the deadline. I want to say to everyone at SBE I'm still family, you are a terrific bunch and I believe with all my heart this stepping away is only for a season. Sunni and John have blessed me with the knowledge that the door is always open for my return. Thank you!
This is a perfect time to let you know that its SBE's 7th anniversary and there's a CELEBRATION SALE on Friday, April 22 - with a 40% savings on everything!!! (excluding Sale excludes gift certificates, CD burns, DOTM, Closeout, UBI, Bargain Bin and Designer Resource categories plusall items regularly priced at $2 or less.)
I will still design - but only when I get time, for the joy of it and to build a library of kits for when I begin again... and of course for a FREE item here from time to time.
I'll be posting more little snippets on how my life is coming back in order in the coming days so stay tuned.
Have you had a time like this, when you were faced with having to say NO to some things you really liked to do? Was your family supportive?