Listen! The year 2020 has been CRAZY! There is no other word I can honestly find to describe it. It has had A LOT happen in just one year thus far. Most people that I know have concluded that God is in control! PERIOD! As much as we try to plan and navigate through each day, most days do not go as planned. And not that certain tasks do not get accomplished but the stress level of getting the tasks done was more than anticipated. Therefore, I want to encourage mothers (and everybody) by simply saying: DROP THE BALL!
If you are juggling several things at once and you feel overwhelmed, it is ok to drop some of the things or tasks (the balls) in your day to day juggling routine. I know I am not a circus act – that is not my calling! LOL! Recently, I was praying and talking with God because I was so overwhelmed. Then He reminded me 1 Peter 5:7 about casting all your cares on Him. As He spoke to me He emphasized the word ALL. Not a few or a couple. But ALL! That is easier said than done. So, I started off with a few and then I eventually said, “SHOOT, HERE GOD! I’M TIRED!” Now, of course, I had to still pick up a few ‘balls’ or tasks because I still had tasks to accomplish. However, God then reminded me of the characteristics of a wife and daughter of God (too many scriptures to reference but starting at Proverbs 31:10-31 is a good starting point). The characteristics are not meant to cause me to be overwhelmed. In fact, it is to teach me to mindful of what I am doing and to ensure what I am doing matters to Him! Some of the tasks I was trying to accomplish did not mean anything to Him or to the betterment of the ministries I am accountable for. For example, I am accountable for being a wife in the ministry of marriage to my husband and there are some tasks that are important to ensure our marriage is sustained. However, I need to mindful to not stray away by becoming overwhelmed with other tasks that are not helping to sustain our marriage.
Examine the balls or tasks that you juggle daily. And if you drop some or all of them, it is ok! I am here to tell you: DROP THE BALL! It is ok because sometimes that is the only way to breathe and accomplish what is most important. When I encourage or offer wise counsel to people, I often tell them it is about harmony and not balance. Allowing certain areas to work together that helps create a soulful and spiritual rhythm. This also helps maintain the proper purpose for certain aspects in life. I enjoy harmony and being able to listen for what the season or day is calling for. Sometimes balancing sort of causes one to overthink or stress over what is most important. With harmony, you do the best with what you got and move on! No reason to overthink or stress over it. It is like the spilled milk lesson: so, need to stress over it, just clean it up and move on. No need to stress if that was the last of the milk and now you need to go the store, get more milk, stand in long lines just for milk, UGH!! See how that became stressful in just a few seconds? Do not do it!
So, I give permission by the authority I possess for helping others: DROP THE BALL! OR TWO! OR MORE! Breathe. Practice mindfulness. Take the time and appreciate the simplicities of life. The other day I made the decision to drop the ball or two (stressful day – a lot happened) and when I did, I stood looking out our kitchen window and notice a beautiful, little hummingbird! I felt that was God’s way of saying, “See, told you not to worry.”
As you ‘drop the ball’, be sure to notice something you normally would not. Leave a comment below about your experience of just taking a moment to breathe.