I was challenged last fall on two things, transparency and gratitude (telling people how much I love or appreciate them, not waiting until they are gone, moved, etc.). The challenge to really be transparent sounded good, but has turned out to be a bigger project than I imagined. I thought it was a simple task of moving some rocks to begin down a new road. However, the rocks were really boulders and I’ve learned moving them all quickly is not easily done. What took years to accumulate as a habit, takes time to move.
Some things I am working on:
-Doing my best to label/verbalize my own emotions, instead of just requiring my kids to.
-Letting my husband know when I am frustrated, instead of letting it build up and explode for no reason.
-Smiling genuinely at people, looking into their eyes, instead of hurriedly passing by, anxious to get to the next thing.
-Listening, instead of always anticipating an answer (I am still really, REALLY not good at this!!).
-Giving things (as many times an hour as I need to) back to the One who owns all the cattle on a thousand hills, and gave me those I love. Entrusting them to Him, who holds them tighter than I physically can.
-Remembering who I am in Christ and using those abilities to their fullest, instead of shelving them because of time.
Not very far along on the road, but I AM on the road. The I AM walking right beside me.
What have you been challenged by or for recently?