One of the things that I most enjoy about living in Ohio is the fact that we have seasons. I enjoy the Fall leaves, the snow at Christmas and the Summer sun. I believe that if something stays the same for too long, it becomes stagnant and loses its “Pizazz.” This is relatable to seasons in life.
I am currently in a season of laziness. Let me explain. I used to be the person who said “Yes.” Yes to serving as a church deacon, President of the Local Community Center, Sunday School Teacher, babysitter for friends, exercise instructor…you get the idea. If there was a need, I did it. However, I now have two children, a five year old and an eight month old. Going from one child to two was a huge difference for me. I found that by continuing to say yes, I was losing my pizazz and everyone was feeling the effects of it. Now, I am the person who says, “thanks for thinking of me, but, no.” I have traded in my multiple hats and titles for yoga pants, messy buns and more time at home. I have left behind a season of running and entered into a season of lazy relaxation.
It took me awhile to learn that THE NEED IS NOT THE CALL, specifically, not MY call. Yes, my heart aches to help and be the one to fill the void, but sadly, I am minus a cape and I can not do it all, and THAT’S OK! At this time in my life I am blessed with a wonderful family, an amazing position in ministry leadership at work, and a wonderful church family. Yes, I am still constantly asked to go and do, probably because my previous reputation of saying “Yes” has preceded me, and let’s face it…it seems like the same people are always the ones saying “yes.” I have learned to be ok with not doing so much and instead, pour more of myself into less categories- home, church, work. It really is a matter of quality over quantity.
I encourage you to ask yourself, “Is this need really MY calling? Is it time for me to enter a lazy season?” You may find God telling you it is time to step back and sit this one out…preferably on the couch, with a good book and a tasty treat.
Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him…1 Corinthians 7:17