If there are no children around to corrupt, it’s always dessert first for me. If I run out of room at the end of a meal, I can doggy bag half a sandwich or chicken breast, but if I don’t eat dessert first, I’m not likely to get it at all. I talk myself out of it.
- I’m too full.
- It’s expensive.
- It has too many calories.
Boom, I miss out on the deliciousness.
The same thing happens in my everyday life. If I don’t go after the important things, the bucket-list things, the extravagant and hard things, I might run out of time, money, ability and miss out.
Don’t miss out.
My mother-in-law was close to her planned retirement and a long awaited trip to Hawaii with her hubz. She was just days away from realizing all the things she’d waited for until the timing was perfect. When the kids were grown, the house was paid for, her career was a wrap.
Then, poof, her man died of a heart attack.
And so did the trip of a lifetime to Hawaii. The dream of leisurely mornings reading the paper and sipping coffee together. And the plans to traipse across America in an RV visiting children and grandchildren along the way.
She’d waited and planned for the perfect timing before living her big dream. And then it was too late.
The day her man died, she said, “Every day is a gift! If you are dreaming of doing something, do it now while you can!”
Great advice for all of us.
If you’re planning or wishing or dreaming of doing something, do it now.
One of my coaching clients, Ginny* is a single mom who grew up as an MK (missionary kid). Right now, there are obstacles for her to take the mission trips she loves.
- Childcare for her littles.
- Using her limited discretionary income to fund a trip.
- Finding someone to cover her shifts at work.
But she’s a “dessert first” girl. She’s doing what she loves and when the time is right, she’ll include her children on the missions work.
What is it you would love to do, but are putting off?
- Learn to paint or knit or dance?
- Take the trip to Hawaii or the Holy Land or visit your grandkids?
- Have a baby or write a book or lead a Bible study?
I work with enough women to know the enemy’s lies are powerful. He will tell you “it’s” too late, “it” will be too hard and (my favorite) you don’t deserve “it”.
Don’t believe it anymore. Choose to be a dessert first girl. Go after what you’re passionate about now. Make everyday count. Live intentionally. Pursue your passion and live on purpose!
What have you been putting off that God is prompting you to pick up and pursue?
Verse for today: For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10
Prayer: Dear Jesus, help me to make my life count. Show me the way to be intentional and wise and live the life you died to give me. I look to you to show me the way on this journey. Amen.
*not her real name