One of our discipleship mornings around Lisa's table included time with Anne and she shared a lesson with us that was titled, "Eliminate & Concentrate." Although this was a few years ago, I still mull over these words from time to time. They have changed the way I approach commitments and help me evaluate how I am investing my time as a mom, wife, friend, and Jesus follower.
I am sharing on the blog today my reflection on Anne's lesson that I wrote just after she shared with us a few years ago. I am struck today as I re-read these words how true they are! I am seeing photos of my children that I posted a few years back when they were just 6 and 8 that have me nearly in tears because they are completely different people as I type this now. I want to be back THERE today. I want the opportunity to lift up my kiddos in my arms again and tickle chubby bellies and snuggle them up in a bath towel with skin smelling oh so sweet.
It makes me want to share this post all the more! The days are long, my friends, but the years are so, so short. And, I am reading these words again for my own self. Because although I am in a different season and my littles have become bigs, this season shall also pass much too quickly and I will wish that I could be back HERE where they are 10 and 13. All I can do is live in this present moment with a commitment to continue to eliminate those things that do not add value and concentrate on those that do.
[Eliminate & Concentrate]
I recently got to hear an amazing woman, Anne Ortlund, share her thoughts on navigating life well with a group of women. Anne is definitely in her "golden years", and I don't know about you, but when I have the opportunity to listen to someone share about living life well who has lived a lot of life, I lean forward a little closer and listen just a bit more intently. She had so many morsels of wisdom to give us. But one thing she talked about has really stuck with me.