This year I will live One Life.
I will stop thinking that I need to perfectly and simultaneously save the world, be a great wife, a super-mum, write like a pro, be Mother Theresa, maintain an immaculate house, lead a ministry, be Nigella in the kitchen.
Many of these are components of my life. They compete for my time, energy and effort. And I can’t do each and all of them 100% perfectly for 100% of the time. Because to do all these things to the standard I desire I would need at least four lives.
And I have just One Life.
It’s a bit like stepping-stones. I start to put my weight fully down on one “stone” and I suddenly realise as I begin to put my weight down that I then can’t fully step on another different “stone”. The danger is that I sit on the river bank with a whole heap of dreams and expectations and don’t take any steps because I don’t want to forgo anything. And in not wanting to lose anything I gain nothing.
I’ve been given One Life.
And that life has seasons. Seasons where I’m called to more fully step on two or three of the stones, and more lightly tread on the others as I dance across the river.
I’ve been given One Life to live in the best possible way. One Life to live in the way that honours God. One Life to love God, love my family, my neighbours, my friends, the people He’s put right in front of me. One Life to use the gifts that He’s given me. One Life to take the opportunities that He gives.
And so it’s enough.
And I’m saying hello to One Life. The life that I’m called to live. It’s not the same as yours, and yours isn’t the same as mine.
These last few days I’ve been asking God what the primary things are that He’s calling me to live in my One Life of 2013. I have a good idea what they are, and I’m taking the first steps with support, encouragement and challenge from those around me.
What does your One Life look like this year?
with love for an amazing 2013, Anna