Today I’m in RoboCop mode trying to clean up the condo. My homegirl and I are hanging out later tonight and quite honestly, the house is a mess after traveling 2 weeks in a row and then hosting #ItsAllAboutMeWeek. I prefer a clean house but when I considered the 40-50 hour work week plus the 20ish hours I put into #265Point each week and my need for #Sabbath and fellowship, it was clear something had to go. I COULDN’T DO IT ALL. But I used to try.
You see #SuperWomanSyndrome says you can be everywhere and do everything as if there is an endless stream of time and energy. That is a LIE. Everyone from MLK Jr. to Mother Theresa to Barack Obama had the limitation of time – they all got 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. And, as much as God loved His only son, he too got 24/7/365 to fulfill His call. The bottom line: The issue is not how much time we have but what we choose to do with it.
Earlier this year, I hung up my SuperWoman cape because the expectations that come with that job are unrealistic. Instead, I claim the title of Wonder Woman. God says I’m wonderfully made (Psalm 139) and wonders are “a cause of surprise, astonishment, or admiration.” Made in His image, I am capable of amazing and wonderful things! That does not, however, remove the gift of limits. Prioritization is necessary and key.
Faced with the difficult choice of what to let go, my mind went back to a conversation I had with my coach years ago. He impressed upon me that “you will never have peace when your life is out of alignment with your values.” So…I reviewed my values list (if you don't have one, you need one), determined that having a perfect house wasn’t on the list and let it go. The same it is with you.
Are you investing your time where it matters most? Or competing with an unrealistic expectation of how much you can handle which ultimately puts YOU at the bottom of your to-do list time and time again? Something to think about.
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