Clarksville, TN – Sometimes it feels like the world is mowing me down.
But other times I feel like I have popped my own balloon.
Life is rarely as bad as it seems but sometimes I catch myself focusing on negative emotions, what others think or what is going wrong rather than what is going right.
Here are the top 12 things I do that sabotage an otherwise lovely life.
1. Checking FB as soon as I wake up or before bed – What an icky obsession. I have noticed that when I start the day with something more positive my day goes so much better.
2. Forgetting to pray/read the Bible – Well who has time with so much FB? But seriously, I don’t know why I would ever procrastinate in either of these areas because they are #daymakers.
3. Complaining about nonsense – Girl you know it’s true, ooh ooh ooh. Sometimes, I swear I dig for something to complain about. If I don’t switch gears and find something to be glad about, I will only get worse until eventually, I get on my own nerves.
4. Putting off exercise & eating junk – Complaining makes me tired, so I have no energy left for jumping jacks (and they rattle my bladder). Kidding aside, when I exercise I feel like a sexy goddess. When I eat healthier, I can button my jeans. Why would I torture myself by eating stuff that makes me gassy and tired? (Yeah, I went there.)
5. Criticizing my husband/Demanding perfection from my kids – I have to say, sometimes I am awful. And I always regret it. Maybe if I prayed and read my Bible before I interacted with other humans, the Holy Spirit would negate my rampage. Just a thought.
6. Worrying what other people think – Dang it. I hate to admit that this even happens as a Christian, but it does. It’s even worse if someone criticizes my kids or husband. Dear goodness I turn into Cersei from Game of Thrones avenging her beloved Joffrey. #craycray
7. Not counting my blessings – Kind of similar to complaining but complaining is not required for this faux pas. Sometimes it is just sulking about licking my wounds and feeling morose because I have to do laundry…again.
8. Spending too much time on electronics – I am not the world’s worst, but I do often feel electronics sucking the luster out of my life. Give me a tree, a book and a pumpkin pie and leave me be. I don’t like my dependence on electronics and rarely does it bring me authentic joy.
9. Multitasking – FB while watching a movie, web searching while eating, writing a blog while attempting to parent; whatever happened to just doing one thing at a time and enjoying it? How productive must we be? (And if you are reading this while breastfeeding, please put your phone down and stare at your baby. Permission to be “lazy” granted.)
10. Comparing – Comparison is a jackass. Sorry kids. I had to say it. I can’t tell you how many tears I have mopped up after small group because someone in the group felt less than someone else in the world. No one is as great as they seem and you are far better than you’ll ever know.
11. Taking responsibility for other people’s emotions – I am virtually recovered from this but I had to share because I know we all are guilty of this at times. It’s hard enough to be in charge of my own crazy. I can’t control anyone else. Sorry.
12. Forgetting God’s purpose for me – Ding, ding, ding! Well ladies and gents this is the jackpot of all day “ruiners”. When I forget WHO I am in Christ, WHAT I am supposed to be doing, WHY he has given me gifts, a family and a ministry, then I become susceptible to negativity of all kinds.
When we forget who we are and our purpose then everything else derails us.
Challenge: Write down your day “ruiners”. How are you bringing yourself down? And how can you be more intentional in taking charge of the direction of your day?
Here’s my prayer:
Dear Lord, I can be a mess, ungrateful and annoying. But at my best, I am focused, grateful and encouraging. Please help me to stop worrying about things that are not godly and spend more time focusing on my family, my health and most importantly spending time with you. Thank you for loving me at my best and at my worst. Amen.
Ok friends, there’s a few hours left in this day. Don’t ruin them! Make them count!