Yesterday, I sat on my favorite couch, thinking about my day:
- Lunches made. Check.
- Dishes done. Check, check.
- Coffee gulped. Check.
- Shopping done. Check, check.
- Homework corrected. Check.
kickedushered outside to ride bikes and get fresh air. Check, check, check!
- Two fat lips iced on preschooler who nose-dived off a scooter. Check.
- More coffee gulped. Check, check.
- Gum scraped off dining room chair cushion. Check…
All checked off and good to go! Except the hidden list items. Let’s see if I can find those here… Oh, that’s right:
- Wash the daily load of feces-soiled laundry from my 10 year old.
- Help her successfully transition back in to our family after 18 months in a psych facility.
- Return the 5-a-day emails to her teachers, health staff and care team.
- Spend quality time with my other three daughters.
- Be wife to the man to whom I committed my heart 14 years ago.
- Finish writing my first book, due to publisher in a few months.
Um, how do I check those off, exactly? That mix of have-to, love-to, and can’t-believe-I-finally-get-to??
How do you do it, with your own list of impossible tasks and hope-filled dreams?
Jesus wasn’t kidding when he said, “In this world you will have trouble.” Trouble that presses hard, distracts us from the calling and longing woven into our hearts. Trouble in the form of the mundane that wearies us with tedium.
It takes a fighter to make it through the daily and pursue the amazing.
As Holley Gerth says in her e-book, The Do-What-You-Can Plan,
“Thinking about a dream is much more fun than actually doing it. Yes, there are moments that are glorious along the way. But often the everyday reality feels ordinary, plain, and even boring at times.”
Somehow, when it comes to God-sized dreams, 1+1=1000. One act of obedience + the One God = “immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20).
For me, it’s icing fat lips, folding laundry, writing when my family’s asleep, and doing what it takes to get my daughter moved home. It’s taking a break from some activities I love, and being disciplined about doing some I really, really don’t love. It takes letting go of perfectionism, trusting the process won’t crush me, and making some extra space in my heart and life to walk through the “not yet” places.
More than anything, getting through the winding, undefined “not yet” before the breakthrough hinges on believing one simple truth:
“In this world, you will have trouble. But take courage, for I have overcome the world” (Jesus speaking in John 16:33).
We can get through the “not yet” because He’s already been there, done that. We are not alone in the struggle, the tedium, the weariness, the sacrifice. And we won’t be alone in the glory and the realized dreams to come, either.
Linking up with Holley Gerth and the rest of the God-sized Dream Team today. Join us!