Hope you all had a wonderful Easter! He is risen!! It gets me every year. The amazing grace and love of Christ that He died for me. I know we all enjoy time with family and friends, and of course the abundance of food. (Don’t let my small figure fool you. I LOVE me some food, and I can eat, lol). But Easter is of course truly about remembering the life of Jesus.
LIVE Your Life
Realizing that He died that we might live is not only humbling but it made me realize the responsibility that ought to come with that realization. To LIVE! As the child of immigrants who sacrificed quite a bit to move to a foreign country so that they could give me and my siblings a better future with more opportunities, I can only imagine their disappointment if I did NOTHING with those opportunities. I believe the same can be said about Christ. He suffered and died so that we wouldn’t have to. And though we go through tests and trials, the assurance we have in Him that everything will work out for out good should encourage us to keep going, keep living.
There’s a quote that says, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” I don’t like to say (or confess) that life is short, but rather life is precious. And knowing that should push us to live out our dreams. Our God-given dreams. I know that time, money, and a slew of other obstacles sometimes make it seem hard or impossible to fulfill certain dreams. But I’m a firm believer that where there’s a will there’s a way.
Do What You Gotta Do
Sometimes a bit of imagination is what’s needed to help you see that way. And often times, sacrifice and discipline are what’s needed. We may not want to make that sacrifice, but if taking on a second job so that you can afford to travel the world is what’s needed, then hey, that’s what’s needed. Now as a mom you might not want to stay away from kids any longer than necessary, but there are ways to make it work.
My mom for a period of time used to clean offices on the weekend to help bring in some extra cash flow. I must’ve been around 13 years old I think, but my mom would take me and my sister with her after church. I might have been naive, but I didn’t think much of it. Wasn’t really helping her out either, at least not what I can recall, and this was before iPods and such, lol. So I can’t even tell you what I did to occupy that hour or so, but that just goes to show that it certainly wasn’t that bad. Taking your child to work may not be feasible or encouraged, but then you can work from home. Utilize sites like Upwork.com to do some freelance work from home.
Face Your Fears
I know I’ve only touched on the financial obstacle, but I find that that’s usually the biggest hinderance people have. That and fear. As for overcoming that, my advice is to pray. That and “Face Everything And Rise” as Christine says in her co-authored book “Whose Shoes are you Wearing“. The simple fact is that many times the fear won’t go away until you actually face it. I’ve heard of musicians that still get butterflies/nervous before they walk on stage. And this is what they do for a living! So in other words, just do it!
I personally felt convicted over the weekend to give this life everything I’ve got. I want my life to glorify Christ and being timid and not going for what I want simply won’t do. My hope is that you too decide to live your life to the fullest.