This past week I have really started diving deep into Rick Warren’s Daily Devotion.
It is a devotion I have been getting in my inbox every day for quite some time. In the past I would read the devotion, but if truth be told, my mind wouldn’t fully be in the lesson.
You see my mind has a great capacity to wander – really wander! I might be thinking about how to grow my ministry, the tasks ahead of me for the day, or how to resolve the latest childhood phase of life. My mind was not on my devotion and it was showing.
I knew I needed a change so instead of reading my emails each day I decided to take the extra time to listen to his 25 minute lesson. For whatever reason, my mind is much more apt to listening to the message rather than reading it. I’m so thankful I made this change because, as usual, God is showing me the way.
Here is where the rubber hits the pavement and where reality becomes oh-so-real. I realized that I am over my limits. I’m setting a pace in life that I cannot sustain. I’m taking on too many tasks without eliminating some. I am stressed, burden, and overloaded.
There, I said it. Yes, I’m a health coach who is stressed, burned out, and overloaded.
Yikes, that is hard to swallow. I’m supposed to be the example of how to live a life in balance, not one that is full of stress and burden. Here’s where that word journey comes into play. Say it with me: Life is a journey, not a destination.
My journey not only includes learning from God on how to live a thriving life, but to take care of myself in this crazy life where stress, burden, and overload are the norm.
How did I know I was over my limit? I was stressed, irritable, and anything but patient with those who know me best, my family. According to Rick Warren, these are God’s warning signs to me that I have reached my limit.
Sigh…. Yes, God is right. I have reached my limit because I have taken on tasks and haven’t taken anything off my plate. I have tried to do too much in the day and I had the belief that I needed to control everything. Truth be told, God is in control, my house doesn’t need to cleaned all the time, and well my family is my top priority, period.
So, this past week I’ve been really intentional about being aware of my limits and to be okay with tasks left undone. I’ve learned to say “no” when I feel like I’m reaching my limits.
Because of this intentionality, I have been experiencing more peace. It is this peace that makes me healthier. This peace also radiates throughout my family, directly affecting those I love the most.
What about you? Have you reached your limit? Are you stressed, burden, and overloaded?
Now is the time to stand up and go against what society says you should do.
“The world asks if you reached the top. God asks how you climb” (98.5 KTIS, Word of Encouragement).
Only you can decide for yourself how you are going to climb the mountain of life.
Make today be the day when you choose not to follow the world’s expectations of you.
Praying you through,
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