When I talked with a dear friend in regards to my struggle of balancing work and life, she gave me some great words of wisdom.
Do the one thing only you can do.
What exactly does that mean?
Work provides meaning and purpose to our lives, but it should not be our life. I truly believe it is important to have purpose and stay involved in experiences that are meaningful to each individual. My dear 95 year old friend who recently passed away was active and involved in volunteer work well into her 90s.
The challenge for many of us, though, is finding that balance between leisure time, rest time, and work time. A few things have been really helpful for me.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not people. Colossians 3:23
When your perspective is that you are working for the Lord and you pray that He helps you focus on what needs done for the day, then that can be empowering and freeing. This perspective has helped me to learn to be okay with not getting everything done at the end of the day.
Now, the statement my friend shared with me….How has that helped me? This woman is a passionate follower of Jesus. Her words….Do the one thing only you can do…have been life breathing to my soul.
What is the one thing only I can do?
As my friend reminded me, only I can be the mom to my children. My daughter is a strong woman miles away thriving at college. My son is navigating the rocky terrain of junior high. So many things can compete for influence in their lives. I don’t want to pour so much of myself into work that my son’s precious years at home fly by. It really does feel like you blink and your children are grown up. That quickly.
What is the one thing only I can do and that I want to do well? Be a good mother to my children.
Balance…Life is an ongoing balancing act. Don’t lose sight of the things that only you can do, you can be.
For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also. Matthew 6:21
What is your treasure? Where is your heart?
Seek to ask God what the things are that only you can do…The treasures in your life.