School has been out for a couple of weeks now. Just as I do every summer, I planned a long laundry list of things I would like to get done. I love my lists! I make them for everything. Mostly for helping me to not forget. Having a busy life can prove to be quite the challenge when thoughts and ideas are constantly running through your mind. Therefore, a pad of paper is always somewhere close to me.
The funny thing is, even with all of my lists, there are still somethings that just seem not to get done. I had high hopes to accomplish a great deal this summer but I seemed to be focused more on having fun and enjoying my time off rather that looking at my summer list. But, it’s all good! I do not plan to beat myself up about the things I don’t finish. For me, what’s most important is being healthy, enjoying my family and enjoying life. Finding balance is always a challenge, summer break or not.
The key to this list thing is to never, ever give up. No matter how many times you have to transfer one or two items from an old list to a new one, never give up! One of the things on my summer list that I did actually start was a summer bible study of The Armor of God series by Priscilla Shirer. In this study I am learning that each and everyday we are all afforded the opportunity to grow and change. For some that may be spiritually, for others it may be physically or mentally. No matter what that growth or change may be, the only way it will happen is if we never give up.
Just like with my lists, I am fully aware that I may not be able to accomplish everything I have planned for my life in the time frame I set for myself. However, what I am most aware of and what I believe is that all things happen in God’s timing and within his plan for my life. Now that doesn’t mean I get to simply sit back and hope, that somehow, what I’d like to see and do with my life will just happen. I have to be working toward my goals little by little and day by day. Giving up will almost certainly guarantee that any hopes and dreams I have will not come to fruition.
So, let me leave you with this…enjoy your summer! Try to make better choices in eating, drink lots of water, try to get in at least thirty minutes of exercise each day, rest, enjoy family and friends, and be happy! Check in on your list of things to do from time to time but don’t be upset if you don’t get it all done in a day. Remember to pray, remember to smile and most of all just be you!