I don’t know about you, but sometimes life stresses me out! Between being married, taking care of our home, raising four kids (and keeping up with all the chauffeuring, shopping, cleaning, laundry, cooking, homework, games, practices and lessons that go along with said kids) and leading a church my life can get pretty crazy sometimes. I’m sure that most of you reading this can relate. Your life may look similar to mine or completely different, but I think it’s safe to say that a lot of us live full lives with a lot of things on our plates. We all have jobs, school, families, church, projects, events, practices and many other things going on in our lives on a weekly and sometimes daily basis.
It’s so easy in the middle of all the schedules and routines for us to start to just survive our days. We wake up in the morning already counting down the minutes until bedtime that night. Before we have even had breakfast, our minds are spinning with all the things that have to get done that day. The stress gets heavier and heavier. Before we know it, our days start to become nothing more than a blur. In these moments we find ourselves asking, “Is this really what life is supposed to look like? Is this really what I was made for?” I have experienced this countless times in my life. Each time the reasons may be different as to why my life has been so stressful, but the outcome is the same: regret. I hate looking back on days, weeks and even months of my life and realizing that I bulldozed my way through. I got a lot of stuff done, but I didn’t stop to savor any moments.
Every single day that I have been given is a gift. My husband and kids are gifts. The people in my life are gifts. When I allow myself to become stressed out by all the stuff so much so that I begin to neglect these most important parts of my life, these gifts, then I am really missing out. Now life will get busy. There will be schedules to keep, practices to go to, meetings to run and work to do. That’s okay, but I must choose to prioritize the people in my life over the to do list. I need to be willing to let some things go and to say no to some things so that I can focus my attention on what matters most. I need to take a step back and just breathe. I only have one life to live, and I want to spend it on the things that matter most. I don’t think that I’ll look back 30 years from now and wish that I had checked more items off of my to do list or wish that I had kept my house immaculately clean at all times. I want to look back on my life 30 years from now and remember days filled with meaningful conversations, intimate moments with my Savior, dates with my husband, snuggles with my kids, laughing with good friends and serving and loving others because those are the kinds of things that I was made for.