What I Realized The Day I Didn't Make Up My Bed
My fellow Type-A readers out there are probably hardcore judging me right now. My Type-B readers are most likely cheering me on for letting loose and living on the wild side!
If you have followed my blog for some time now, then you know that I always make up my bed. Always. Every morning without fail. Except for that time a few days ago when I didn't make up my bed at all. All day long. Never touched it. I walked by my bed a thousand times and still didn't put forth the effort to make it up. I wasn't sick or hurting. I just didn't do it.
I love routines. I am not saying that routines are bad at all. I think routines are great to help keep you focused and motivated. The problem with routines occurs when we think that we can't break them or something bad will happen. My anxiety occasionally makes me panic about my routine. I occasionally panic if I don't get my house clean during the week. I tell myself that I can't not do this or that and end up driving myself crazy. Why do we get so fixated on one thing? I blame my Type-A tendencies. I get in these mindsets where I feel like I can't break free from my normalcy. How crazy! I know that someone reading this is surely understand the struggle of feeling stuck in your normalcy. If you do, keep reading! I want to share what God reminded me the other day.
God teaches us so much in the normal, mundane tasks we complete every day if only we pay close attention. I fail to pay attention in my normal get-it-all-done-now mentality. I didn't make up the bed a few days ago because I was busy. I wasn't busy working or cleaning though. I wasn't busy blogging either. My husband was off work and we were planning to go out with the kids on a family date. I was excited! I was fully enjoying the moment spent with them and not worried about a perfectly made bed. Or perfectly poised pillows. Or perfectly dressed kids. Or a perfectly tidy house. I was just glad to have a day with my three blessings.
I think that we often forget to truly slow down and enjoy the moment. We buy pretty wall hangings that boast the quotes about "Enjoying The Moment" and "Time Flies When You're Having Fun" but do we really stop and truly enjoy the moment? It sounds so cliché and I try to stay away from cheesy clichés, but it really hit me the other day. Don't get me wrong, I am ALL for productivity and cleanliness and order but I don't want to be so fixated on checking items off of my list that I forget to enjoy the moment.
I can hear all the excuses going through your mind right now because I have made them too.
I can't play with my kids right now because I have laundry to do.
I can't go out with a friend for coffee because the house is a wreck.
I can't take a day off or I won't get ahead in my career.
I can't, I can't and I can't!
Dear friend, I am putting my arm around you in solidarity. I do it too. I make way more excuses than I should. I fail to enjoy all of my days. I fail to even thank God on the busy days.
Here is the truth we have to keep at the forefront of our minds. Write it on your mirror with your favorite lipstick or leave yourself a sticky note on the fridge. I want you to say it out loud every morning before you get out of bed.
A life lived for Christ is what matters most.
"A life lived for Christ is what matters most."
We have to remind ourselves that life comes down to Jesus. If you know Him as your personal Savior then you know that what will truly matter at the end of your life is if you lived a life to please Him. The "Stuff"that we have won't matter anymore in Heaven. What will matter is if we lived a life to please Him. If we lived a life where we selflessly loved and served others. If we really used our careers, titles, finances, talents and time to bring glory to God.
Making my bed everyday is a great habit that I fully plan on continuing. What I want more than that is to love and serve the people in my home. I want to make myself available to them. Even if it means skipping a chore that I complete each day or not cleaning the bathrooms for a whole week.
I want to be a woman who keeps her focus on heavenly treasures. I want to be a woman who wholeheartedly loves God and others. I hope this is your desire too! I know it is hard to keep these things in mind in the seemingly boring days, but we must! I get caught up in the insanity of the world and the never ending cycle of stress, but I want to get more caught up in slowing down and really listening to God. I want that. I hope you do too, friend! My desire is that we can be friends and encourage each other to keep!
Praying for you always!