Are you in the middle of trying to figure out whether to wear long sleeves or short? Has your to-do list grown by twenty items due to moving, a job change or some other transition? Are you feeling like you can never get ahead because things are always changing?
I get it. My to-do list this week is double what it normally is when I start the week. My ministry and workload is over the top due to growth and projects. Blogging associates are waiting on me. My kids have outgrown half their clothes, are wearing high-water pants, and need to put away the bulky long sleeves and heavy layers in favor of a lighter clothing. Yesterday I wrote down 5 things I want to remember during this busy transitional season. These 5 things to remember in a season of change centered my focus for the week.
1. The season doesn’t last forever. This too shall pass.
So we have a few piles of clothing stacked around upstairs. And we’ve been working on painting and redecorating the boys’ room for a month. So I’m still working on edits for my book launching in October and the calendar is filling up with sports and end of school year activities. There are seasons when we make sacrifices for the greater good of our family and ministry. Keep going- one more step.
2. Appreciate work in progress.
When work is stacked up and well, the house is messy because of work in progress, I have to remind myself that work in progress is beautiful. It means we are taking steps towards reaching goals. Goals are wonderful when you check them off at the end of the day or week or month. But work in progress often goes unappreciated. This weekend I had to stop and think about the accomplishments thus far.
Count the accomplishments completed before you count the assignments remaining.
3. Rejuvenate as needed.
Find the little things that keep you going and enjoy them. Whether it’s a glass of green tea or reading for ten minutes, during waiting times, do something you enjoy. A little can go a long ways in rejuvenating your mind and spirit.
4. Shorten the to-do list to a focus list.
When my to-do list is super long, then I shorten it to just a few items for a focus list. The focus list is what I will do right now or within the next few hours. When those 5 or 6 items are marked off, then I create a new focus list. Sometimes this is just a post-it note on top of my list. When I look at a long list, I have a tendency to get overwhelmed. When I look at a short list, then I know “This is what I need to do right now.” Some call this prioritizing, but for me, it’s just a psychological trick to keep me focused without feeling undone.
5. Pray for the strength to press on.
My husband and I are running the Nashville half marathon this Saturday. Ya’ll, I am not prepared. I’ve been running the short runs consistently, but my long run training has been on the weak side. I managed to get a ten-miler in over the weekend, but I was praying for strength to keep going the entire last half of the run.
Maybe you’re not a runner, but you feel ready to give up on that difficult relationship… or Bible study you need to finish… or relative who just won’t listen.
Pray for the strength to press on. Where God guides, he provides.
I don’t know who said that, but I whisper it to myself frequently.
And so I whisper it to you today.
Check out these Bible verses to read when you’re in a season of change.