“Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” – Matthew 6:33-34 (the Message)
Focus. Breathe. Repeat.
I know it’s currently trendy to have a “mantra”, but that’s about as close as I get to one right one. Lately, it’s as if I haven’t been able to turn off my brain with the amount of ideas I have swirling around in there.
And sleep? Forget about it. I can’t remember the last time I woke up truly rested.
The truth is, as great as I am about teaching, I’m not always so great about doing the very thing I ask my clients to do:
Don’t worry about perfection.
If you’re doing your best, that’s truly what’s important.
I’ve gotten caught up in the snag of pressuring myself again. Deadlines not met frustrate me to no end. Expectations that I created for myself weigh on my mind. And I’m constantly reminding myself that it’s okay to take my time and figure things out…even if that’s not how I actually feel.
But if you were sitting across from me right now, coffee cup in hand (because that’s how the best conversations happen, in my personal opinion, haha), listing all these things off to me, I would be nodding with empathy. I would ask you questions to probe a little deeper about why you’re pressuring yourself so much. I would remind you that self-care isn’t selfish; it’s necessary.
You can’t keep filling others if you’re running on empty.
So, here’s to deep breaths and take a step back when I need it. But not just doing it — being OKAY with it. Treating myself with the same respect and understanding that I would give someone who is trusting me with their current struggles physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
The dreams I have are big. I can’t deny that. And I really can’t wait to see how everything unfolds. But all I can do is put one foot in front of the other and be faithful with what God is putting in my path TODAY.
Planning for tomorrow is wise.
Trying to control tomorrow is futile.