The Spirituality of Letting Go
Wives are great at helping their husbands focus on what really matters. I'm not sure if the same applies to husbands but here's how choices often look in the St.Pierre house:
- Work late or attend Thomas' soccer game...
- Call my mom or watch another episode of Alphas..
- Prepare for a presentation or play video games...
My wife Cary recently "gave" me a gift of focus. We were debriefing a class that I taught on missionary spirituality when she said, "You really need to focus on one thing and then become an expert in it."
I couldn't agree more. The fact is, I've been struggling with various blogging themes since school began and as a result, my blog's posts have been less frequent.
The problem wasn't that she was right (she was) but that I have three or four things that I'm really passionate about. I guess I don't want to let go of the two or three interests in favor of the one.
That's probably the Resistance kicking in, to reference Steven Pressfield.
This is God at work. When we have competing priorities, we often have choices to make. The one option isn't, "I'll take them all, thanks!" Choosing all leads to overwhelm and doing a ton of things only fairly well. God calls us to be excellent and not "fairly well" at the roles on our plate.
A spiritual discernment of your project list will lead you to make better choices and be happier as a result. Sure, you'll only become an expert at one thing but that's no so bad.
This week, what do you need to let go of in order to become the expert that God wants you to be?
P.s. I'll be unveiling in the coming months the new themes of The Daily Saint as well as some new side projects that I'm very excited about. Stay tuned!
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