Life is full of stuff, people to keep in contact with, tasks you feel you need to get done, hours spent at work, places you want to go, lazy days you feel you deserve, and sometimes a desire to do absolutely nothing. It can be hard to plan everything you can have going on. Sometimes your plate itself is overloaded and you are actually attempting to juggle multiple plates at once. How much of that stuff piled on your plate is necessary? How much stuff on that plate is just junk that fills your day or leaves you feeling empty? How much of that stuff on your plate do you place there just to feel valued or just so people may see you differently?
It’s a new year…a new start…maybe even a time for a new you. Evaluate your life and place priority numbers by all that stuff you have piled on your plate(s). Get rid of the excess, get rid of the junk and focus on what really matters.
Some of the things that you need to eliminate you might not actually see on your plate. Maybe some of the things you need to get rid of are part of the reason your plate is overloading. Maybe you need to work on being more focused. Maybe you need to kick that distraction right to the curb. Maybe you need to work on being more productive. Maybe you need to take that blah “winter blues” attitude and ship it right out the window as you soak up a little needed sunshine. Maybe you need to take that people pleaser, over the top, I have to be involved in everything attitude and send it to the moon.
Sometimes you have so many projects you wanted to get done. Sometimes you have so many things on your to-do list and you never get to them. Maybe you have legitimate reasons, but maybe you don’t. Maybe those things need to get done or maybe they don’t. You need to evaluate your life, your time, your desires, God’s plans, and your heart so everything can align how they are supposed to. Don’t spend your life being busy just for busy sake. How many times have you spent your day doing things, but only to realize at the end of the day you don’t really know what you did, but you know you were busy doing something?
Your life is made for so much more than eating, sleeping, working, repeating and eventually dying. You need to make each day count. I’m not just talking about living life more for you. Vacations are nice, exploring is nice, being active is great, spending time with your loved ones is great, but there’s still more to life than that. Work on creating a legacy. Work on being God’s hands and feet in this world. Work on spending more time with God so that you can hear Him when He calls you, when He directs you, or when you just need to sit in His presence and be renewed.
Your life has so much potential. You are given so many opportunities to do great things. You are called to do so much more. Don’t make excuses. Don’t waste the time that you have been given. Set your priorities right and everything will fall into place. God, spouse, family.
Make sure you fill your life with the big important rocks first. Let the less important things fill in the gaps like sand. It’s okay to say no sometimes. It’s okay to get distracted sometimes. It’s okay to be busy sometimes and it’s okay to be lazy sometimes. You just have to make sure you have the right balance over all and that you focus on the right priorities all the time.