This seems like an easy question to ask yourself. But honestly it can be filled with tons of factors. The irony that there are many factors is an answer in an of itself. Our spouse, kids, job, chores, money, hobbies, and so on are all factors that can pull on your attention. I have found myself getting caught up in all those things and at the end of the day realizing that I have achieved nothing productive toward my goal and fulfilling goals. There is no one to blame but myself. It's not my husbands fault or my kids fault! It's all me! That is a hard pill to swallow. But one that I have come to realize is a truth.
When I lay my head down at night and take inventory of my day, I want to be able to be proud of the steps I have taken toward a goal.
Recently I have joined a workout accountability group. They wake EARLY in the morning to work out and talk about the latest devotional they are reading. They are encouraging and funny and they lift my heart. The thing is if I don't join in when it's actually going on then I don't reap the benefits of being truly apart of the group. It's just not the same to watch them later in the day after the fact. So, I have learned through the dedicated and very focused ladies to hone in on my focus. And ask the hard questions. Why am I doing this? What do want to achieve in life? Where do I see myself, in a month, a year, 5 years, or even 10 years. By taking a moment and talking it through with Godly people I admire, I have been able to really think and take stock in my goals. It helps that I have this community, I think we all need a community. People that keep us accountable. People that can help carry the weight of life. People we can look to that are achieving their goals and keep us motivated. There are many people in this world that can help with that. Many books have been written on this too. But when there isn't truth in God's word, you are setting yourself up to be self-righteous and eventually failure. We need believers in our life to point us to the Only One who can show us how to truly live a focused and productive life. The Body of Christ is there to help us through the waves of life, so that we don't lose focus on where we are headed.
Each year I am learning how much I actually need this. As much as I would like to think of myself as a superhero... I am not. ((sigh)) but I am called to something greater than the every day monotony. I am to see the beauty of my call in the everyday. In my marriage, in my children and in my friends and family. I am to not lose sight of why I am here; to bring light to the world. And to change it one step, one prayer, one encouraging word at a time. Now, ask yourself, do you have that community? If you don't you should join us on Facebook or Instagram Giving Hope Ministries. I would love to connect with you in prayer and encouragement. Message me <3
I hope that this brings you encouragement. I want everyone know that I'm by no stretch of the imagination 'perfect'. But I am striving to be a better version of my yesterday self.