“Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity…” –Jeremiah 29:12-14, NKJV

The drastic changes in my life over the past couple of months, the impacts of a healed back for my future, and feeling the year of Jubilee coming has provided focus commonly unknown to me. In prioritizing my days that I will keep up with writing and complete my strengthening exercises, I find myself letting go of that which I used to drag around with me as “proof” of failure.

No more concerns with whether I stick to a vacuuming/scrubbing/cleaning schedule. What I do is enough already. No more concerns about the few minutes “wasted” in the morning when I don’t jump out of bed at the exact moment of my alarm. What I do is already enough.

Then the New Year dawns and the inevitable questions about resolutions happen. Like many others, years past are filled with great intentions that outnumber the hours in a day. Setting myself up for failure, I piled on seeming failure. This year is different.

Rather than resolutions, I have three priorities. And if something does not fit into that priority, then it may not get done. You see, I have a calling from God (and you do too). And all the vacuuming in the world will not help me in that calling. I have a calling from God (and you do too). And He doesn’t care if I use short-cuts to get the cleaning done. I have a calling from God (and you do too). And those things which I called important before have become trivial.

He gives me a purpose. He gives me His hand. And He guides me where He knows I need to go. Of all years, this year embrace the reality that you cannot do it all. Do what He has given. Let the rest fall where it may. And you may just find the vacuuming gets done anyway, but with far less stress.

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