To live the simple life,
Not void of pain, hardship and mess,
But rather with space to take in,
With air to breathe and time to notice the little things in life.
To live the simple life is to accept a few things for yourself,
And to allow many others to pass you by.
To make priorities, to hold to values and to set specific purpose before you.
To live the simple life is not made without sacrifice,
Yet it holds the beauty and joy of the world in its hands.
Do you ever feel that you feel pulled in all different directions? The weight of the world pressing in and too many obligations before you? Are you trying to be all things to all people? I know I certainly used to live this way, always saying yes to everything and never no. However, when we live like this we become stressed out, exhausted and void of purpose, for we have too many reaching for our attention. So, I would suggest you slow down, set some priorities and make sure you are setting things in motion to keep your priorities a priority. In doing so, you will see the world in a rich new light, filled with joy and beauty once more. In living simply, accepting our call, and running towards it with full purpose we are able to accomplish far more than trying to do it all. And in doing so, most likely you will see more success, have more time for yourself and your family, and be more joyful in the process.
Accepting your Call
Just as we cannot be everything to all people, we also cannot be called to everything. Each person's calling is specific, unique. And the thing about calling I believe is though we may have one central theme in life we feel called to, the details of our calling may change in time as seasons change.
How are you doing in making quiet time for yourself? Time to process, time to discover what your calling is and if it has changed? This is something I am consistently working on for myself as well.
Run Towards your Calling with Clear Purpose
So, you know your calling, you have sacrificed some things to simplify your life. Now it is time to run full force towards that which you are being called to do. Maybe it is motherhood, loving your children well and giving all you have each day to them? Maybe it is your own small entrepreneurial business you are running to bless others in your own way. Maybe it is encouraging your neighbors or being a beacon of hope to a family member. Whatever your season and whatever your call, make sure you run towards it with all that you have.
Do not look to the right or to the left, do not compare your success to the success of another, because how can success truly be measured? Maybe you will impact thousands of lives, or even millions though your calling, maybe you will impact one. Would one life be enough for you and your sacrifice? Would one changed life be a measure of success for you?
On my good days, when I am free of comparison or judgement upon myself, than yes, one life is truly enough, for who knows how many other lives our one person can affect. The world can be changed one story at a time, one mission and calling at a time, with each small step of obedience at a time.
My Specific Calling
So for me, what does this look like? Within my business I am called to advocate rich stories of hope, making extraordinary of the seemingly ordinary.
For me, it brings me an extreme sense of joy to take a story, a piece of someone's life, stand behind a camera, and document it in an extraordinary way. This brings full joy and satisfaction to me, for this is where my talents and my obedience collide. For me, this is where life comes alive as I see a transformation from something quite possibly seen as mundane or ordinary, to something intriguing, interesting, and of rich value. Something that leaves you entranced in its beauty and awe. For beauty rests all around us if we simply have eyes to see.
So, I will continue to run after my calling. To document my own family, to document other families and couples in ways to tell their incredible stories and bring hope and joy to generations to come. And also, to bring tangible reminders of the beauty residing within your story.
For every life matters.
Every story is Important.
There is nothing too insignificant that could not be of value. There is no calling too small, or to big. Find your calling and go after it. I can promise you won't regret it. Yes, sacrifices must be made, but the joy to be won far outweighs anything placed on the alter I can be sure of.
What is Your Calling?
So, what is your calling?
How can you live more simply?
What things do you need to sacrifice to live a life full of purpose?
Can you accept your calling joyfully, even if it isn't quite what you had imagined or envisioned for your life?
How can you focus on your call with a clear purpose?
What are some steps to weed out any shame, comparison, count or guilt you may be feeling towards your calling?
The sacrifice is worth the reward. Don't wait your whole life to fully live.
Live Simply, Accept your Call, and Run After it with Clear Purpose. I'm rooting for you!