The past few days I've been having the same sort of conversation over and over again with different women in my life. Each one pointing back to the same thing - boundaries.
Regardless if you’re just starting out or been at it for a while. Running a ministry or a business or keeping little humans alive and well; boundaries are quintessential to be successful and to be healthy spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.
If you’re not careful lines can easily become blurred, and before you know it your work life has overrun your home life, or your to do list has become your identity. Husbands take a back seat, kids’ events are often missed, housework falls by the wayside, and your only community becomes the people you interact with when you’re working.
If you don’t keep your hustle holy, you’ll tire out before you go very far.
Whatever you’re doing, however you are doing it. It’s so easy to get caught up with what we are doing, that we forget why we are doing it. Lists grow, tasks pile up, distractions happen. Don’t let your to do list distract you from your mission. The Lord has gifted you with a special skill set to live out your calling, remember to keep Him an ever-present part of everything you do. When you try to do things out of your own power, or your own will, you’re more likely to tire out or become easily frustrated before you accomplish much.
Think of your life as a bicycle tire. If your tire isn’t balanced properly, it won’t roll smoothly, and the ride becomes rough and unenjoyable.
If your life isn’t balanced properly, it won’t roll smoothly. What once brought you joy, will drain you.
Social media knows no boundaries, so you have to intentionally set them yourself.
Businesses, shops, and even customer service centers have operating hours; so should your social media and email accounts. If you can’t handle seeing a notification and not responding immediately, turn the notifications off.
Social media is a tool, but it can easily become a trap. We go from glorifying The Lord to glorifying likes and comments on or social media posts. You have to remember, and remind yourself often, your online presence doesn’t define who you are or your worth.
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galations 1:10
You may be in a season where you can’t get out and build new relationships, but you can focus on the ones you do have. Be intentional with your spouse, family, and friends that surround you. If you’re schedule oriented, schedule time in for those you love. Your community should breathe life into you, encourage you, and remind you who you are and Whose you are. Real authentic relationships matter.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25
Don’t forget who YOU are.
You may the proud owner of many titles, but you are more than a title.
At the end of the day, who are you? What do you want to be known for? You are more than your business and work titles. You are more than your family titles. You are a Daughter of the King Jesus. You are forgiven, love, gifted and ordained to complete a plan set out intentionally just for you.
Don’t get so caught up in your titles and to do lists, that you forget about You. Make time to do things that you enjoy and bring you life. If you are filling yourself, your overflow will be all the sweeter.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.[c][d]
Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well. Psalm 139:14
Rest in Him. Give yourself Grace, and know each day is a new chance to try again.