I feel like I’m hearing a strange mix of frustration and apathy from people lately. We seem to want to fuss and complain, but then just shrug our shoulders and mutter something like “meh–what’re ya gonna do?”
How about, do something? Anything?
But it’s hard.
My kids’ sports schedule is out of control–the six-year-old doesn’t need to be on the ball field at 10:00 at night! Do the hard thing. Pull him.
My five-year-old still isn’t sleeping through the night…. Do the hard thing. Start actively trying to solve the problem. Baby steps.
I never get to see my kids anymore….their schedules are so booked! Do the hard thing. Say no. Claim some margin for your family.
My phone is a constant distraction. So turn it off. Find an hour (or fifteen minutes!) that you can live without it, and live without it.
Last year at this time we were struggling with staying at our church or finding a new one. That was a hard thing, people–leaving what we’d known for nearly ten years to start over somewhere new. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done (right up there with pulling my son from school mid-year to homeschool). Seeing a connection between the two, a well-meaning friend reminded me that “You can’t just leave every time you don’t like something.”
Well, no, but life is too short to be miserable at church. (And my kids are too important to be fed to the lions.) And that idea is what I keep coming back to, when people hem and haw and fuss and complain about what they oughtta and what they shoulda…. Life is too short.
Life is too short not to do what you can to fix a problem.
Life’s too short not to take a stand for your true priorities.
Even when it’s hard–and it IS HARD, y’all, I get it–life’s too short to live full of regrets.
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
–Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)