Day 20 – Own It

A challenge was issued to me yesterday…

What do you want your life to be about?

Innocent on the surface – profoundly life changing if you allow it.

I’m not a stranger to the question nor does it scare me.  I love reflection and I’ve asked it many times and adjusted my life accordingly.  There was the young adult decision that altered my course into adulthood.  Then, probably the most notable, obvious, change was when my children were little.  I quit a high paying job, temporarily leaving the work force, so I could be at home more.  Simple decision but profoundly hard to execute.  Finally, there have been tweaks along the way, like learning to meditate, adjusting volunteer obligations, starting this blog, etc.

Today the decisions in front of me aren’t as life altering as leaving the work force to care for small children but can be just as life altering if I allow and execute the change.  And frankly, it’s been awhile since I’ve done an inventory.

The Best Yes – the best book I have ever read about discerning the difference between the good and the best.  About culling your schedule, your home, your resources to only focus on the BEST things for you.

Breathe – a recent Bible study on the Sabbath and what she calls the Sabbath Margin – along the same line as the Best Yes…God cannot move in our lives if they are jammed packed.

And yesterday – Beth Moore in Entrusted – insisting that we take a look at our lives and humble ourselves to our human limitations.  We can’t be everything to everybody.  Our time and energy is finite. There are some GREAT cooks out there – I’m not one of them nor do I wish to be…BUT, that’s an easy one…what am I hanging on to that is not my best yes?  What is keeping me from my effectiveness for the Kingdom? What unrealistic expectations am I hanging on to?

This question isn’t for wimps – it takes courage and guts to look at your life with a critical, discerning eye.  First of all, you’d have to slow down and put away all the distractions for a period and that’s a feat in of itself.  And if your schedule is packed, how in the world are you really supposed to be able to sit down and think, reflect, write, and pray.  And then, finally, if you manage all that, there’s the whole actual make a change thing – one of the hardest, bravest actions of all.  But that’s why it’s called a challenge…

What do you want your life to be about? It’s your life – own it!

Blessings – DM

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.