The chosen chaos of life itself defines who we are. Our passions, our pursuits, our motivation, each driven by our desires and dreams. When life has passed by, what is left is our imprint.
Time is a prized and precious commodity. How we choose to use it is our discretion. As our schedules and time blocks fill up, our list of commitments and to-dos quickly grow.
As wives and moms, homeschoolers and entrepreneurs, and impressive, multiple hats-one woman wonder-jugglers, we know the value of time and work so diligently to squeeze in the needs of those around us. Waking up early and burning the midnight oil to finish projects and prepare for the next day ahead are part of the secret to making things flow. We work efficiently to ensure the schedule goes on and tasks are done.
Amidst it all, where do we stop to find joy? Or have we missed it amidst the chaos we’ve diligently tried to wrangle?
If we were to inquire of those closest to us 3 questions, what might their honest answer be?
1. -What words or phrases do you say most frequently?
2. -what makes you smile?
3. -What is one thing that you’d like us to do more, together?
Recently, I asked these questions of my kids. It was a challenge to sit still, not speak, and just listen to what they shared. Taking time to genuinely listen and focus on them as they shared from their hearts. The feedback caused me to stop and think. The words I speak each day, the actions and activities I do, they all leave an imprint.
As a Christian, my desire is to leave an imprint of Jesus on lives around me. It’s not the spiritual jargon they will remember, but the consistency between what I say and how I act. In Galatians 5:22-23, Paul writes about the fruit of our lives as believers, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
If our lives are to bring these qualities, we must first choose to make them a priority. We need to bring back and rekindle the joy, choosing to leave an eternal imprint that reflects our true hearts, Jesus alive in our everyday lives.
How? We need to begin with rekindling our heart’s desire—time with the Savior. Bring before Him your schedule, to do lists, and the shared reflections from the 3 questions. Read through the scriptures and take time to listen as God etches on your heart an unique path that will allow you to walk with Him, experience joy of life’s day to day adventures, and imprint lives in ways He designs.
May we take time today away from the chaos, renew our hearts, and bring joy back into our schedules.
Imprinting Him with my life,