Life has a funny way of hitting us where we’re vulnerable. It’s where I’m unsure that things try to drag me down. Like when I have a long term goal that’s not essential but that I really REALLY want. Writing, for example. Even though I don’t want to let go of a goal, sometimes I start to question it.
I start wondering if the goal is really worth it. If I’m good enough to make it happen. Especially if it’s something that mostly depends on me. What happens if I spend years working for it and nothing ever comes of it? What if there’s something more important I should have been doing, but I didn’t see it because I was too focused on something else? I get stressed just thinking about it.
So let’s walk through it together. First, have you tried to stop doing whatever it is we’re talking about? I have. It didn’t work. And I’m so glad I did it because I learned something. It felt like a part of me had been taken and boxed away. I missed writing. Not in the I can’t wait till the next season of Designated Survivor starts kind of way. In the this is a part of my life and it’s gone kind of way.
And that’s when I knew. Really knew.
I’m a writer.
So how can we know if we should hold on to something? I like to think about why I’m doing it. For me, writing is a release. I also want to use it as a way I can share my faith with others. My husband has his ministry, and I try to help him, but this is something I can do.
Having goals is a good thing. We just need to keep things balanced. Spending all our time on something at the expense of other things that are important, like church and family or our obligations, isn’t healthy. On the other hand, having a goal and never spending much time on it isn’t productive either. I know if I want to write a book and have it published it’s going to take a lot of time. If I don’t work at it consistently it’ll never happen. Which is also not good.
So is your goal holding you back from doing things you know you should be doing? Or is your fear of choosing wrong making you question everything? Remember that just because your goal is different doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. It makes things lonely sometimes, but it doesn’t make them wrong. God gave us all talents. When you find yours, use what He gave you. In chasing that dream, make sure you keep God in mind and do everything for Him.
What about you? Have you owned whatever goal you have?
May the Lord bless and keep you,
P.S. I’m starting a Twitter game for August. In ReccARead anyone who wants to participate chooses a book they’d like to recommend. Each day next month there will be a topic or question just for fun to share the answer to. If you don’t use Twitter you can comment on the page here with more details. If you have questions let me know.
Hope you join in!