Sometimes We Need A Reset

If you’re like me you try to do a million things and get them all perfectly done. I make lists of things I want to accomplish, who I want to be, goals, dreams, and lots of other things. Those aren’t bad. Vision for life is good.

But my thoughts have been so cloudy lately that I just needed to take a step back. I felt like I wasn’t accomplishing enough. I felt like I wasn’t doing good enough. I felt like there was this huge pile of junk in front of me that I would take something from the bottom and finish it, then more would come crashing down in front of me. It was never-ending. There’s not enough time to do everything I want to accomplish. Yeah, it’s pretty overwhelming. And my life is kinda like that. I won’t have anything to do for weeks, then as soon as I get one job or have something to finish, lots more come to follow.

And then today God reminded me of something he taught me a few years ago. Best advice ever.

If I’m ever in a swirl of confusion and have no idea which way is up then just go to this:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

To succeed in life all you have to do is ask one question. “How do I love God, myself, and people?”

God says this is the greatest, most important thing I can do, so that’s what I will focus on.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all thing,¬†educes all things. Love never ends.”

Hey, Don’t Worry, You’re Loved.

I want to help bring myself and the people around me back to a place of just being with God. Can I just take the pressure off of us right now? Can we stop trying to do a million things. Stop trying to get it right.

God has ¬†one goal for us in life. It’s the reason He does everything. Relationship with Him. He juste wants you to be with Him.

Stop trying to get everything right. Please. He doesn’t want robots. The Church forgets the one necessary thing a lot of the time. The greatest thing is LOVE. We need to embrace that people are people. It’s easy to love people when they do everything right. That doesn’t mean anything. That doesn’t make us different at all. God wants real people. I want to be around real people. And in being genuinely loved in that place of where ever we are is what changes us. People get loved into change. Not the other way around. Love changes. Come on! Let’s love people into change. And allow yourself to be loved where you are. It goes both ways.

Sometimes I feel like I just have to restart everything all over again. Forget everything that I’ve learned or think I need to do. Oh man, it feels good not to have any formulas or rituals. Just clarity and simplicity. Simplicity is a good word right about now. Just talk with God. Talk with other people. Learn how to love and be loved. That’s it.

So let pressure melt away today. You don’t have to do anything for Him to like you. He likes you right now. You’re great. You’re wonderful. You’re loved.

“Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am…” (John 17:24)

2014: Goals

I just read a blog post from a pretty well known author, and I’m about to do the opposite of what they said. They said not to share your new year’s resolutions with other people. But I believe that sharing can help inspire other people. Plus I love to make lists and goals. I may also like to break rules.

1. Collaboration.

One of my biggest goals this year as far as my work and creativity is to get around other creatives and just do projects. I’ve worked by myself on a lot of my creative projects. It’s not a bad thing always. But I really felt like this year was the year to start learning how to work on creative projects with other people. It’s somewhere where we get to learn and grow. We get to hear feedback and be humbled and be celebrated. We weren’t made to do life by ourselves.

2. Just do it.

This goes right along with collaboration and my creative projects. I’m just going to choose to keep putting out work. Not worry if it’s really good or really bad. Not worrying what people will think about it. I’m not going to try to be a perfectionist. The best way to get better at something is to just go for it. I don’t want to be someone who has thought up so many incredible ideas and not went for them. I want to get over the fear of failure. This is a year of making mistakes and being okay with it and then getting over them quickly. I don’t want to be wishing later on in life that I had tried something. Making mistakes is good for us – especially perfectionists like me.