Take a Chill Pill Mommy
I might have issues with doing to much. I am not content to sit still and do nothing. I have an inner voice demanding I fill every moment with productivity. I plan ahead, and borrow worry. I say yes to things I know I don’t have time for just to prove I can do it all, but then I end up stressing over doing things perfectly, when they aren’t worth stressing over at all.
Last night I found this email, a daily update from over a month ago, that I’d saved but never actually took the time to read. I saved it, knowing just from the title I needed to, and should have read it. I finally got around to is last night when my stresses and to-do list annoyed not just me, but clearly annoyed my CEO… who, God bless him, told me “I work very hard so you don’t have to. Why do you have to try and do it all?”
My husband has given me the grace to be imperfect. He’d rather have a happy momma and associates than have a clean house. He’d rather have a lazy Saturday than worry about packing for a move that is a month away. Why can’t I give myself the same grace to just relax and enjoy today.
So here are the words of wisdom that calmed me down last night, and I will be memorizing and chanting whenever I feel my inner voice telling me to clean for 30 more minutes, answer all emails ASAP, do this and that, say yes to another time consuming commitment, etc etc.
If you want to be a happy person, you need to relax in God’s grace every day.
Philippians 3:3 says, “We Christians glory in what Christ Jesus has done for us and realize that we are helpless to save ourselves” (LB).
One of the things that will rob you of your happiness is legalism. Legalism is the attitude that you have to prove your love to God. …
When you finally realize there’s nothing you can do to make God love you more, it is one of the most liberating feelings in the world. And, it is a key to happiness. Every day, remind yourself of the grace of God, and relax in it.
“I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith” (Philippians 3:9 NLT).
I really do enjoying helping others and volunteering my time. And I definitely would go nuts if I didn’t have some reasons to interact with other adults, but my prayer today and going forward is that I do a better job of relaxing in God’s grace. Doing the best I can, and not holding myself to unrealistic standards of productivity.