Perhaps you already know I've joined up with the Hearts at Home Bloggers each month for the Third Thursday Thoughts. This month's topic is: If you could go back in time and tell your teenage self one thing, what would you say?
That's kind of a hard one for me to pick. But, after thinking about it, I think I would encourage myself then the same way I need to encourage myself now and that is to live IN the moment.
I'm not talking about throwing caution to the wind and living for the moment, but rather, savoring each God-given moment for what it is. I have an awful tendency to rush through life trying to accomplish as much as I possibly can. God has been impressing on me that I need to not rush, rush, rush so much!
I find myself so incredibly busy with the urgent tasks of life that I find it difficult to stop and enjoy, if even for a moment, the beauty of life.
So what would change in this area look like?
It might be as simple as stopping for a second, taking a deep breath, and thanking God that I had the ability to take that deep breath.
It might be taking the time to adore and love on the beautiful children God has given us and allowing my heart to swell with love and thankfulness for them.
It might be taking the time to greet my husband when he comes in the door from work so that he knows he's a treasure to me and that I don't take him for granted.
I'm sure it could look like a great many other things. I need to get better and doing them!
I've always been a "rusher". My dad used to tease me even in high school that I was a whirlwind! It's a blessing and a curse. :) A blessing because I tend to like to get a lot accomplished, but a curse because it's hard for me to slow down and show others that they really are important to me.
Plus, I find myself getting worn down and tired from trying to accomplish so much! I find it hard to balance getting everything done and yet taking the time to enjoy life. How do people do it?? :)
A good reminder to me is that God has ordained ALL my days and each day, whether seemingly good or bad, is given to me as a gift to enjoy. It's also an opportunity to reflect Christ to a hurting world, especially when I am the one hurting inside. When I am hurting and needy, I'm so much more aware of how much I need God, and as a result, His Word often speaks louder to me during those times. I can then be a prepared vessel with God's Word hidden in my heart--ready to share that special Scripture passage with someone else.
So, to summarzie my answer to the question, "If I could go back in time and tell my teenage self one thing, what would I say?" it would be to take time to enjoy my life and the people in my life.
When I was writing this post I was reminded about a poem entitled "Only One Life" by C.T. Studd. Here's a particular stanza that I'm going to post on my kitchen cupboard as a daily reminder.
"Give me Father, a purpose deep,
In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife,
Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last."