Parent, mom, twenty-something, grandma, teenager, employer, employee, free spirit --This post is for you. I don't know about you, but I still have a lot of learning to do. Here are 10 that I can't help but include in the journey of learning and growing. I want to embody these things through the lens of the grace of Christ. Join me?
1. Learn to say no. If you spread yourself razor thin, you will no longer be able to be present in any of the things you agree to do or are passionate about.
2. Don't be fair. Do for ONE what you wish you could do for EVERYONE. There is no one-size-fits-all. This is true in any and all situations. Parents - let be real - what worked for your first child probably doesn't work for your second... and that's beautiful because God has made each one of us so different.
3. Be disciplined. Becoming a great writer, leader, parent, or human requires an immense amount of self-discipline. Circumstances do not determine if you will be great instead of just ok or good… It's a choice. 4. Set written goals and revisit them every single day. If you don't know where you are driving, you will, without a doubt, get lost.
5. Stay consistent with your core values. Times change, and you should change with them, but your values should always be the constant.
6. Try a new idea every 2-3 weeks. Failing at something new is better than never trying. New ideas push us and make us better, even when they don't work.
7. Remember that people matter. Don't be so concerned with your work, your art, or your small window of free time that you don't truly invest in people and parents - in your kids.
8. Don't fear. Fear is vision without hope. God has promised that He will go with you, wherever you may go. There's no need to fear. He doesn't give us a map to where we are going. He walks there with us.
9. Let go of the pressure you have on yourself. Whatever your "art" is… If your heart is to glorify the Creator of creativity, no amount of excellence in presentation, style, or skill can hinder the movement of the Holy Spirit.God changes hearts, not your art. Your art is just the tool that He uses to speak through.
10. Just BE PRESENT. If you paint, paint as if there's nothing else to do in the world. If you are listening to your child tell a story, listen as if it is the most important thing in your world at that moment, if you work, work as though for the Lord with all diligence. Unplug from the distractions of daily life and really BE PRESENT.
What would you add?