So what is the one thing we need to do when we are overwhelmed and exhausted?
We need to simplify.
But think back to a time when you were overwhelmed and exhausted.
You probably were too tired even to figure out how to simplify.
That is why I am here to help. Because boy have I been there!
Have you ever heard of the acronym FOMO?
FOMO is the fear of missing out.
We all have this fear.
We do not want to miss out so that causes us to have our hands in everything.
I am here to tell you that it is not the AMOUNT of what you do, but it is the VALUE of what you do.
Today’s lesson to a more simplified life is so simple and oh so powerful.
WE ARE GOING TO STOP DOING WHAT DOESN’T MATTER. AND START DOING WHAT DOES.
It is that simple.
A simplified life is doing what really matters.
It is changing our mindset to see that busy does not equal productive.
We can be really busy doing things that do not matter and get so far off course that we are not anywhere near reaching the goals we want to reach.
In parenting, my heart aches when I see a mother distraught over her teenage child. The mom complains that she cannot get through to her child. She wants to connect, but the connection just is not there.
Why is the connection not there?
Often times it is because the parents waited too long to try to connect. The time was not spent on connecting and when the parents want to feel connected, it is almost impossible to find.
We cannot only be there when we want to for our kids. We have to be there when it really matters.
It will probably be super inconvenient to us, and we will probably be really tired when they need us, but it is in those moments that we have to push through to reach our children’s hearts.
We have to do what really matters and stop doing all the little petty tasks that just do not matter.
Stop right now and make a list of things you did today.
Everything. The cleaning, the driving, the social media checking. Include it all.
Now go through and cross out everything that does not matter.
Cross off everything that is not guiding you closer to Jesus, closer to your spouse, or closer to your children.
Now tomorrow is a new day. Move forward doing things that really matter.
When your 4-year old asks you to play a game, STOP DOING EVERYTHING and just play. That really matters.
When your 6-year-old has a hard time going to sleep, STOP AND SPEND SOME TIME PRAYING TOGETHER. Be there for her. That really matters.
When you go on a date with your spouse, DO NOT LOOK AT YOUR PHONE AT ALL. Look into your spouse’s eyes and laugh and talk and just enjoy each other. That really matters.
Join me for this 5-part series.
And remember to join along in the 7-day journey.
This Simplify Series is part of the iHomeschool Network 5 Day Hopscotch.