I’ve been finding myself a little anxious lately. Surprise, surprise – as you know, we have a lot of things going on. I’m juggling a lot right now between filling orders and blogging to working to launch our new brand. Then there are church activities, the end of the school year events, and our summer plans. Add to that being in charge of planning my high school class’s ten-year high school reunion for this fall, and I’m ready to be committed. Okay not quite, but still.
So I’m betting you can relate – I’m busy. Aren’t we all? Well, I think there is a healthy level of busy and working hard and then there is a dangerous level. Based on my emotions this last month, I’m feeling a little closer to danger than I’d like. Part of me loves working really hard in any spare second I have, but what I don’t like is that my selfish side has come out in full force as a result. I think I’m still hanging on to my house and mom duties all right, and my kids are doing well, but, I’ve not been looking for any extra opportunities to help anyone else. I’m a little consumed with my stuff. If I talk with a friend, I can barely keep myself from just spilling my guts about how stressed I am and what I have going on. I rarely have the thought to ask them how they are doing or offer to help. Yikes.
I definitely believe that the more we think about others and work to help them or care about them, the smaller our problems seem and the happier we are. Serving and loving other people is central to my faith. What I need to do is start acting like it. I want to start looking for and taking opportunities to serve my family, my friends, and God. I know I’ll feel more at peace and healthier in my own life as I try to look outside myself more often.
Do you ever struggle with this? How do you take time to serve more?