Monday, January 7, 2019

Notes From My Daughter - Letting Go of the Time Constraint

Notes From My Daughter are occasional notes from my second daughter. I never know what to expect when she writes but I am always blown away. Did this child come from me? Read on

It’s the beginning of a new year, and many of us are reflecting. There's wisdom in reflection. 2018 has felt like one of the longest years ever which got me to thinking, "what makes time meaningful?" It’s a question I ponder often, and some of those answers I want to share with you.

1. Community makes time meaningful. Comparison is only the thief of joy because it robs you of a sense of community. When you come to understand who supports you and the mutual commitment each has to see the other thrive, there is no need to compare anyone's journey to your own.

2. Celebration makes time meaningful. Celebrate milestones. Celebrate being alive. Celebrate disappointments and the fact that you’ve survived them because you now have an opportunity to learn from them. Every day is worthy of celebration. Choose to celebrate your life instead of believing you have to accomplish something to be considered worthy. Constant celebration has shown me that there’s no need to limit the abundant joy available in this life. 

3. Changing makes life meaningful. Some of us are so afraid of newness to the extent of having no idea how much we are crippling ourselves by submitting to our fears. Instead, we remain in a rut. You’re allowed to change your mind. Give yourself permission to live the life of your choosing. If you’re dissatisfied, you can admit that you want to change it. If you’re stuck, you can realize that you want to be unstuck, even if what you have now is what you once prayed for. God is not afraid of your fears or your changing mindset. We can pour out our hearts to Him, as he encourages us to (Psalms 62:8). Pray and pursue change. It will be ok.

Knowing that it will be all right regardless of the outcome is what has made me unafraid of how quickly or slowly time is going by. I hope you have an uninhibited mindset walking into 2019. I hope this new year will be a meaningful one for you.

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 [NLT]

What lessons have you learned in 2018? Please share in the comments and happy new year everyone.


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  1. Happy New Year! I love these reflections and thoughts on what makes time meaningful! For us, 2017 and 2018 were the two hardest, slowest years of our life... full of Heavy and Hard things --but through it all, God was close and present and offering Peace in all the In Betweens! We learned (or re-learned!) the truth we don't love that we tend to grow the most in the hardest times! We are so ready for 2019 and the beginning of a new season!

  2. Sometimes change feels good, other times not so much, but it's always good to take time to look back over the past and pause to look for God hand in even the difficulties and heartaches. thanks for letting your daughter sit in for you!

  3. God is not afraid of our fears. Nice. Some daughter, you've got there. Lots of wisdom.

  4. Thank you for sharing these thoughts on how to make time meaningful. I love the celebration idea! Celebrations do create memories. Your daughter has some great thoughts - just like her mother! :)

  5. I've learned over the past couple years that change does indeed make time meaningful. Looking forward to see how life continues to change in 2019.


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