I keep striving. I’m trying to keep up. I feel like I’m splashing around, but something inside of me is screaming You’re drowning! Quit thrashing around and just be. Be.
It’s been a crazy incredible month. There’s so much to share and the words get all boggled up. Then I become frustrated because the words don’t align properly or even at the right time.
So much to process.
The truth is, I’ve been on a huge learning curve. I feel like I’ve been thrown in to a vast pool of deep blue water and I know I have to swim in all this new knowledge. I tell myself just keep swimming. I even sing it as Dory does in Finding Nemo, but the weight wears me down.
Writing still needs to be accounted for.
Preparing messages for a speaking engagements still need to be prayed over.
Organizing Taking it to the Streets for 500 must be accomplished.
Blogging this series still needs to be written.
And the weight begins to weigh me down in the swim of life, until the point I felt like I was drowning.
Strip off what weighs you down.
While we each might be navigating our ways through the deep blue pool of water, there are things they weigh us down. Drown and suffocate us.
As I was figuring out how to swim for the long haul, a friend said, “What are you willing to throw off?” Why hadn’t I stopped long enough to realize that. It’s the law. If you are ever drowning or stuck on the open ocean, first thing you do is strip off what is weighing you down. Clothes. Shoes. Whatever.
The whatever at the moment for me was the weight of this series. Not that the words are weighty, but the daily commitment was suffocating me among everything else that needed to be done.
Just do it.
Too many times when we know the right thing to throw off, we question ourselves. It’s as if we are trying to talk ourselves into wearing that weight a little longer, hoping we’ll survive.
But this time I just threw off the weight of writing this series for 31 consecutive days. I took a breath! A deep refreshing breath. I didn’t worry about what you’d think, instead I knew I had to lighten the load.
All the sudden swimming didn’t seem so overbearing. It was enjoyable again.
While I’d love to beat myself up for not following through on the consecutive day commitment, I’m not going to. We need to take time to look at what is drowning out the joy of our lives and then strip it off. [tweet that]
No guilt. No questions.
“Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit!” Hebrews 12:1 MSG
I think Paul might meant to have said — Strip down, start swimming — and never quit. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!
It’s time to strip down, friend!
QUESTION: What can you strip off to lighten your swim across this life that you navigate?