Even former procrastinators find some waiting hard – especially if it involves waiting to do something we’re itching to do. Yet we wait. We recognize a higher priority in the season of life we are in. Families must be fed, clothed, and loved on, children taught. Employers expect performance.
Family and work are our calling too! Our greatest impact could be in the areas we feel are mundane. Life-changing character development takes place in us and others as we tend to the daily duties of life. Be encouraged if you feel stuck!
Maybe you sense the Lord calling you to something additional that doesn’t fit well into life now. (“Going While Waiting,” January 29, 2018) You’ve put it off. Talk that over with your husband or friend. Ask the Lord’s guidance. If He prompts you to do so, take small steps toward that dream.
Do you long to take voice lessons, go to med school, cosmetology school, paint, start a business?
Here are some ideas –many from women doing these things – that may spark ideas for you in an area that draws your heart. Scratch that itch!
- Maximize the library as a great resource. Use it to research your dream, get ideas of what to do. Check out paintings, classes, recordings.
- Include family. Children will learn a great deal and may develop a shared interest with you.
- Get help. Set up a “sitter trade” with a friend. Once, twice a month, weekly you can be free to focus where you choose.
- Teach respect. If kiddos are safely and appropriately cared for, if they’ve had hugs and undivided attention earlier, they can learn Mom is not available for 15 minutes.
- Checkout you tube videos, local tech schools and county services for classes. Teach them!
- Seek out people in your field of interest. Ask for suggestions. Volunteer.
- Value small things – short bits of time, little bits of progress. My quilting friend stitched 10 minutes a day. Her home was decorated with beautiful wall hangings and her soul refreshed daily.
- No novel now? Write short stories. Try 15-30 minutes of early morning, late night, or nap time writing. Keep an idea file.
- No culinary school now? Concoct specialty dishes for friends and church events.
- No choir now? Make a playlist of favorites; let it ring out in the car or during chores. Teach your kiddos harmony.
- No joining the local theatre? Read for groups at libraries or schools
- No being a teacher yet? Teach Sunday School.
- Want to serve using your native or second language? Translate weekly in a hospital.
- Want to minister to the elderly or shut ins? Someone makes the soup; someone else picks it up for delivery and a visit.
- Like to work numbers? Be the personal bookkeeper for an aging friend.
Pray for “yes” ideas. Scratch that itch!
What steps will you take this week toward your dream? Go there.