Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I'm removing some hats!

Well I'm not really a big hat wearer. In fact I'd rather wear a visor when it's super duper hot outside. Today though I'm really not talking about hats literally. I think I wear too many hats (aka : jobs or volunteer activities I do, all unpaid of course) My husband thinks I have the most unpaid jobs of anyone he knows.

So I feel led to take off some of those hats I wear, lay them down and put my effort into what I'm really called to do. It's so easy to say "Yes" to this or "Yeah, I can do that once a month commitment". Then somehow I end up being the chairperson of this, the secretary of that and even the chaplain. Yikes how did that happen? I know, it is nice to be involved and I am not praying about what I should really do. Don't get me wrong, organizations need help and good people to run them. Right now in my life I'm trying to set boundaries and live a life pleasing to Jesus. There is a powerful message I've been studying this week in Psalm 127:1-2, " If the Lord doesn't build the house, the builders are working for nothing. If the Lord doesn't guard the city, the guards are watching for nothing."

The message I've got about that verse this week is that all labor spent on ANYTHING God himself has not built is in vain. I definitely will not just leave all the things I am doing empty handed, but I'm no longer going to do a job that I'm not called to do. As Beth Moore would be so proud that I am not just "eating the seed, but sowing the seed, and listening/ doing". I want to pour my life into meaningful things like my children, family and church. I'm excited to feel the peace I already feel, the stillness that has awakened my soul and that I can and will do what God has called me to do.


Jill said...

Good for you, Tara!
It is so easy to spread ourselves thin and then we are not giving our best to our family.

BTW - Felicia has been carrying your xmas card around saying "Drew, Drew"!
Too Cute!

Laura said...

Tara, I love that when I take time to read your blog I am always able to see some insight into something in my life. All too often, I too am guilty of just doing and not taking time to ask and pray to see if that is what I am to do. Not only that, but even if I do seek to find the answer, I dont follow through. Thanks!

Emily said...

It's tough to say no, but it really can be the best thing sometimes. I hope you find peace with your decisions and enjoy your newly found "free time." I use that term loosely as I know how busy it can be as a stay-at-home mom.