Written & Published by Lolita Buck
Sometimes life can seem like a complete circus of sorts. At least that's how it feels to me at times. Trying to juggle my career, selfcare, & pursuit of purpose in life requires quite the balancing act. Truthfully speaking, if I'm not careful to strategically pace myself I've learned that I end up with one chaotic mess. And like so many of you I title this mess "success". Sound familiar? I've always considered myself to be a pretty orderly person. So if I get overwhelmed I can't imagine what someone who doesn't have any kind of system or strategy in place feels like? I've also learned that any great system that isn't rooted in the word of God can be quite disastrous as well.
"Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."
Of course there is always the illusion of success. Let me tell you the enemy can dangle something in your face that mirrors success all day, everyday. But the emptiness & void that your soul feels is unimaginable. Trust me, I've witnessed so many people chase & grind. Giving one hundred & ten percent to a fallacy. And ultimately they're totally out of alignment with Gods purpose for their lives.
I like to call these individuals busy bodies. They do a bunch of everything, but at the same time they do absolutely nothing. There is no cohesiveness nor direction to the many challenges they take on in life. If I had to describe them I'd say its like watching a juggling act gone wrong. You've seen it before where balls are everywhere. And the performer is quite embarrassed on stage. Are we too embarrassing the creator of the universe by attempting to juggle our lives without his guidance & direction?
"The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand. Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread."
It's super important that we take on a balanced approach to life. Otherwise we'll literally fall apart. I think in the back of our minds we somehow equate success to the number of tasks we can conquer in a day, a week, a month, etc. never realizing that doing a million little tasks or projects doesn't equal success but instead OVERLOAD. And that's why so many of us are OVERWHELMED.
God's measure of success doesn't leave us empty on the inside with a bunch of checklists completed. Instead our spirits are filled along with our pocketbooks. Why? Because he created us so he knows exactly what we need to feel complete, whole, & purposeful. That's why it's critical we stay linked to him so that we're not just doing a bunch of stuff & stressing ourselves out unnecessarily.
The final points I want to touch upon are getting rest & allowing your gifts to make room for you. So in all of the hustle & bustle of life it is essential that you allow yourself moments of peace & tranquillity. We are not robots people & besides even God rested after creating the Heavens & the Earth. If that's not a hint or clue I'm not sure what is?
Last but certainly not least, we must learn how to allow the innate gifts that God put in us to make room for us. This is crucial because it eliminates a lot of extra work when we learn to flow in our gifts. I don't believe that when God said "I come that you might have life & have it abundantly" he was speaking about an abundance of this worldly crap weighing you down. I think that version of success is inadequate for a child of the most high God. So please get that version out of your head.
I challenge you today to trust the greatest showman on Earth, our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ to create a master plan for your life that far surpasses your wildest dream! And then once your balancing act is all good, take the show on the road & show others how to walk in his light & love without tipping the scales.
As you go forward in your daily journey I extend love & peace to each of you. I pray that you find your "it" and that you OWN IT. That the chains of this world be broken off of you & that you walk in the light that God intended you to walk in.
With dedication & servitude