Learning to juggle is on my bucket list. I literally just put it down next to “go to Italy and eat”. Juggling seems so easy and so hard. The symbiosis of keeping all the balls in the air appears effortless and beautiful. Yet it’s a purposeful skill to learn.
Last year, life had many balls and I wasn’t juggling any of them well. Don’t get me wrong, I loved them all (most of the time). But often nothing worked together and too many were about to fall. I existed by catching one speeding ball after another without a plan. It drove my type A mind crazy!
We all have parts of our lives to juggle, especially as women. We strive in each and find ourselves multitasking to accomplish it all. But multitasking is NOT good for us. It fractures our thoughts, attention, and ability to do anything well. I was the poster girl for this but felt like I had no choice. Family issues, work commitments, and self-imposed expectations were all important balls to juggle.
Finally, it was time to evaluate. I knew important life events would cause some balls to drop, so instead I gently placed them down. Writing this blog was one of them. Coming out of that season, it’s time for another evaluation, a dreams and goals plan.
I did this a few weeks back. Things had changed yet also stayed the same and seeking God was up first. I’ve learned things go much better when I seek His will over mine. I reviewed, sprinkled in some future visioning and then created a plan to address all the important parts. Time to do the necessary while realistically creating time to do what God wants was the goal.
A focus for each part of my life was born. I divided each focused part into day(s) which realistically would work, including projects, tasks, organizational charts, tools and color-coded calendar systems. (I sort of geeked out on the planning part and had to stop myself but let’s move on.)
It’s still a transitioning system due to previous commitments, but so far it’s felt good. The dedicated focus time is productive, things are getting organized and accomplished, and my life parts have a plan to work together.
But I also know well how life will twist and turn. God’s plan for us is not always planned, smooth, or what we envision. Will we adjust or keep mindlessly juggling until balls drop? Will we follow our plan without flexibility to His?
I learned putting down some of life’s juggling balls was difficult. Picking others up was hard too. But I’m continually in awe of God’s amazing work within me. I know He’s creating a masterpiece with my life and yours.
Understanding He knows infinitely more than I do about juggling all my parts is how to trust and follow Him. Seeking Him then following a plan I can implement is how to execute what He’s doing within me.
I’m learning to juggle with purpose.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6
Let’s seek God’s work within us and listen to how He wants us to juggle. While I’ve picked up the ball of this blog again, I also sense some other balls to add. So instead of a new blog post each week, I’m only planning to post twice monthly, God willing. But I also have more to share. So, I’ll be adding a brief newsletter each week to my email subscribers with additional ideas, links to what I’m learning, loving and just want to share. If you’re interested, join my email list at the bottom of this post.
I still hope to travel to Italy one day to eat and explore. But I sense God is already teaching me the skill of juggling, one purposeful ball at a time.
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