Okay so in Part 1 of this series I shared my theory that the life of a mom often feels like a track meet where we are competing in several events and basically running ourselves ragged. You can see that post HERE
In part 1, we talked about what motivates us to say, "Yes" too much. Today I would like to talk about how we combat that mindset and live a life that is driven by calling and not by other motivations such as fear of disappointing someone or finding our significance in the wrong place.
The Solution Wearing Ourselves Out in the Track Meet of Life?
1. Combat your motivator head-on. One of my motivators is that I feel lost when I don't have anything to do so by saying yes to more, I feel my need to be busy and feel significant in that business. So on Monday instead of editing and cleaning before going to work at my PT job, I cashed in a year and half old massage gift card. Can I tell you that it took everything in me not to take my computer in case I had to wait? So my encouragement to you is find your motivator and then actively do the opposite.
*He is your coach to say "this is not the race for you" so you don’t find yourself a sprinter signed up for the discus throw or maybe to say that bar is high enough now save yourself for the next event and cheer on your teammates.
4. Eliminate the competition. I did not say eliminate the competitor, but the competition itself. Our lives should be lived with one another, not against each other. We start the comparison curse at an early age and pass it on to our daughters. Let's put an end to it now and then maybe our kids won't end up as twisted as we are. Good news, MY significance is not found in YOUR shortcomings. It is found in who I am in Christ and how I walk out commandments like "love your neighbor."