If life is a balancing act, why am I so clumsy? Does that questions strike a nerve somewhere within your soul?
Well, it does mine! For years people have said, “you need to make sure you are keeping your priorities straight . . . God, kids, hubby, family, work, ministry . . . and the list goes on and on.” But the thing is, I’m not a juggler. Nor am I good at balancing balls, plates, or life. I’m just your everyday ordinary girl trying to live my life full of purpose.
So, where is that balance everyone is talking about? How do those priorities measure up? Truthfully, some days I think I have it. Other days, I feel like a failure. A few years ago I read a book by Christine Caine “Can I Have and Do it All, Please?” It was just the answer I needed. She gave me permission not to balance. I didn’t have to set priorities. I could have it all!
The secret: Live your life out like a ooey-gooey chocolate cake!
You see, we’ve been taught for years to prioritize our lives. When we do that we set our priorities up to complete with one another. Which really is crazy! Why should my hubby have to compete with God or my kids with my hubby. That’s the pie mentality. There are only so many slices to pie and who is going to get them. Who is going to lose out today?
But the ooey-gooey chocolate cake, think about all those scrumptious ingredients that go into making it. Each one of those ingredients are like elements in our lives: God, hubby, children, church, work, ministry, volunteer work, education, and finances. As we put all ingredients into the mixing bowl and work them together then eventually we get to taste and savor the ooey-gooey chocolate cake.
Our lives are like chocolate cake. There will be days when hubby gets more attention than kids, or ministry gets more attention than family, or our education gets more attention than voluteering. But in the end if we focus on those things that we are passionate about, we will savor our ooey-gooey purpose-filled life.
Living life on purpose is not a balancing act, it is the sum total of your purpose-filled days.
It’s all about the chocolate cake! Yum.