Yesterday at church, our pastor asked this question “Are you who you want to be?” I can’t help but think of when you ask a child “what do you want to be when you grow up?” However, this question is so much more. It’s one thing to choose to be someTHING – but a totally different thing to choose to be a certain someONE. This question caused me to dissect my own life and I encourage you to as well.
Am I who I want to be? Well, if I answered that honestly I’d answer that quickly with a big fat “NO”. I can’t say I am, now, who I had hoped to be. I hoped I’d be a mother by now, but I’m not. I would love to say I am a selfless servant, as I would like to have dedicated more time to serving my church and even doing mission work – but I’m not that person either. I’m not as good as a wife as I know I need to be, I am not as giving as I should be, and I could easily list a ton of things I’d like to say I am that I am clearly not (yet!). The key for me (so I don’t slash my wrists when thinking about everything I’m not) is asking “Am I on the road to who I want to be?” Now THAT’s a question I can not only handle, but I can feel much better about!
These principles also apply to our health and fitness goals. Many times I hear of people who say they just looked in the mirror one day and thoought “this is not me”. They see a person that they don’t even recognize and realize something has to change. This happens with Read the rest of this entry
“An ignored life is like an ignored yard – it can quickly grow out of control.”
Many people spend more time maintaining their yard than they do maintaining their lives. When I first moved to Vero Beach, I was amazed by the manicured yards filled with a blanket of 4-inch thick grass, lush shrubbery, and vibrant flowers. This was very different than the yards I ever had in Tallahassee, but they still had to be maintained too.
An ignored life is like an ignored yard – it can quickly grow out of control if you let it. Keeping life under control requires constant work.
Here is a maintenance list for a well-manicured life:
1. Maintain life’s lawn. Think of the lawn as our foundation, or our home. Just as our lawn provides a safe place to play, our life requires a safe, healthy place too. The same way we look for ant hills and harmful objects, we too should constantly be looking for harmful things that enter our life’s lawn and remove them.
2. Trim life’s hedges. Sometimes we need a little shaping up. When we are healthy, our muscles are more pronounced and shapely, but as we let ourselves go we lose our original shape. This applies to our spiritual lives as well. The things that once defined us can quickly become lost or overgrown if it’s not maintained. Read the rest of this entry