I am constantly reminding myself that the journey isn't a destination but a process and it is continually evolving. I have spent the last year building a house, designing product, running The Marketplace, training new staff, mentoring existing and new groups, ... I was seriously running on empty. As I recently unpacked my office in the new house, I pulled out a book, Running on Empty. Is this the story of my life? I opened to the inside cover and saw that I wrote January 2007. Serious Marisa?!? You are still dealing with this same issue?
As I sat and reflected on this thought the other morning, I realized how many of us deal with this "running on empty" scenario. We think "when the kids get older I will have more time". Nope- my kids are older and somehow I don't have more time. "If I had another job, things would be different." Nope...nope...nope. I have a different job and have even less time. What I am realizing is that as women we want to nurture and help others, it's how we are designed. But I will be honest, you can't do it all. God doesn't want you to do it all. It's learning to prioritize and setting boundaries. I am by no means an expert on this. I have come to realize it's a journey and I am forever learning. As I say no to things, I begin to realize it frees me up to do what I am called to do. Will this be easy? No. Will people get mad at you? Absolutely. But ready for this- this is the key, I am not responsible for their response. No, I don't want to franchise The Marketplace and have you run it in your town. No, I don't want create a project so you have a place to do what God has called you to do. No, I cannot write your business model and help you create an income generating project. I am not called to these things and how would I do what I am actually called to?!?!
Take a moment this week to reflect on this. Think about your time as this valuable commodity. If you are doing things you have no business doing, you are not doing God's business. Now that's not cool.