As I write this I’m on a flight home from Sydney to Perth. Whilst in Sydney I ran the first gathering of our Sydney hub, facilitated a creative workshop, was busy working in my role as manager for our daughter Shara Rose who is a singer, helping prepare for her next song release in 3 weeks (see shararosemusic.com), plus had some quality time with a few of our Sydney friends.
It’s been a busy week, yet as I sit on my flight home I find myself reading. I’m reading a book about achieving your dreams; of living the life God destined you to live and how to attain all that you were made for. It’s a motivational book and I find myself contemplating how easy it is for me to lose motivation; to get discouraged and to say quietly to myself, “Why bother” when things get tough or my dreams and goals take longer than expected to eventuate.
Perhaps we can all get into the mindset of, “Why bother? Why bother to try again when there have been so many disappointments? Why bother launching out into the deep again when it felt like you failed last time? Why bother writing down and declaring our dreams out loud? Why bother expressing thankfulness when today you just can’t think what to be thankful for? Why bother making goals and new year resolutions? Why bother changing up our routine so we might continue to grow and develop? Why bother practicing and practicing so a gift and talent you have been given develops into a skill? Why bother eating healthier and exercising? Why bother spending time with God and then doing what He says?
Why bother when lot of what we do; the adjustments, changes and steps in a positive direction often seem very, very insignificant and we can feel like we are so far from fulfilling our dreams?
But the fact is the most successful people in the world; the ones who see their dreams become a reality, they bother with those things that other people can’t be bothered with. They discover their “why” and as a result they keep bothering.
“The biggest difference in dreamers and dream-achievers is that those who achieve their aspirations are willing to do what others are not willing to do.” (Terri Savelle-Foy)
Why bother today? Because every step you take, every move you make in the right direction, every day you choose to do what you know to do – to be faithful and diligent in the small things, in the everyday routine and decision to develop as a person, means progress and even a little progress is still progress.
Or as my husband regularly says, ” How do you eat an elephant? You eat it one bite at a time”.
Make the decision to bother. To draw on God’s strength and wisdom. To determine to be consistent and faithful in your daily routine as you seek to continually grow and be transformed into the best version of yourself – because ultimately you’re worth the bother!
“Do not grow weary in doing good for at the proper time you will reap a harvest if you do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
“People are rewarded in public for what they practice in private”. (T. Robbins)
“Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows”. (Galatians 6:7)
Prayer: Lord please strengthen me to keep going and that I will be encouraged to bother with those daily positive routines; with the consistency to keep growing and developing; with the time spent with you and studying your Word, in bothering to make wise, healthy decisions so that I will reach my goals and fulfill that for which I was made. Please help me to keep bothering today. In Jesus name Amen.