I haven’t been taking time to do the simple things in life, even as simple as doing my hair and as important as my morning devotions with God.
I’ve been living for others recently, doing things to please other people, not doing what I want to become the person I want to be. And I’ve only just now realized it. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not talking about being unselfish and giving to others, spending quality time, etc. That is SO important. I’m talking about staying up late because other people are, eating food because I’m afraid of being judged for taking the time to actually cook , not working out because I’m afraid someone will judge me for doing that instead of whatever they consider more important…. Why do I care so much about what other people think of me? What do I think of me? Am I doing what I believe is right? Am I taking the steps to become the person I want to be? Most importantly, am I following God and His ways and taking time to study His word and talk to Him?
The answer is to take more time for myself. I need to reflect on what I want and what I’m doing, and I need to plan to take action (and then take action, of course). When I don’t plan, I plan to fail.
How am I going to take more time for myself? Go to bed earlier, get up earlier. That way I’ll have at least 2 hours to myself before work in the morning. And I’ll also dedicate 1-2 more hours in the afternoon and evening. I’m going to schedule the time. I’ll get my devotions in, read more, work out, cook and eat healthy, plan for the next day…I’m going to take time to improve myself. And that’s not selfish, because the more I improve myself, the more I can give to others.
Do you take time to intentionally improve yourself?