The title of the devotional implies that you do not have to settle for being average or mediocre, we have a choice, but what does that mean? Webster’s dictionary defines mediocre as “ordinary or moderate quality; neither good nor bad; barely adequate”. Those words resonated with the old “me” not so many years ago…
I can remember seven years ago my life was going nowhere. I had no focus, no goals, and was just living each day the same as the one before; Nothing was ever changing. I was not happy, I was overweight, and I was tired and just bored with life in general. This may sound familiar to some of you too.
I would get up and take care of the kids’ needs, my husband’s needs, cook, clean, run errands, and do whatever everyone and anyone else needed. I was not taking care of me — physically or spiritually. Eventually, I just got fed up, and that is what finally sparked a change.
If you are feeling mediocre, I want you to get fed up, too!
I was sick and tired of being sick and tired and was ready to make a change but was not sure where to begin.
When I started looking to take action and make changes, it was not a miraculous overnight fix. There was no magic wand I could wave, no nose to wiggle, and no “poof” that made all the things in my life just grand overnight. In fact, it didn’t even happen in a month’s time.
But, by making little changes each day, I was able to see marked success and BIG changes over a period of time.
I set out with a small goal of adding in three things I could accomplish each day to help me – just me. I could take a walk, chose a salad over a hamburger, and listen or read a devotional each morning. It was just three little things I was doing for myself each day that began to grow into something bigger and would lead to having a significant impact on my life. Forcing myself to focus on just me in those three things on my long daily to-do list started the ball rolling.
I was able to see some weight loss from just getting out and moving. The exercising made me feel better which encouraged me to do more of it. Listening to a devotional each day made my spirit come alive again and hunger for the Word.
All of these little things grew into BIG things and changed my passion for life. I started to see clearly how God wants me to feel good about myself and have the energy to take on all the tasks of the day with energy and a spirit to succeed. That is the abundant life God wants for all of us. In fact, Jesus said in John 10:10 “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].” That is the life God wants for you and me!!
I encounter women on a daily basis who are just settling for life the way it is. Many of them express that they have dreams and a vision to do something, but they are not taking any action to get there. Filled with exhaustion and insecurity and lacking time, many of us just give up. We end up sitting on the sidelines watching life go by.
So what is it YOU want to do for YOU? Think about some little steps that you can take for you. You’ll be surprised how those little things will turn into big things and within a few months, your life is more rewarding, you’ll feel more fulfilled and best of all, you’ll be motivated to keep going and do more. I encourage you to pick three. Staying consistent with just the three little things will make more impact than bigger goals that fall flat and unfulfilled.
Give it some thought and I am positive the Peace of God will help you. I would love to hear from you and if you would like me to pray for you or help you make a plan to achieve your goals, feel free to send me an email at Shawna@FaithandFood.org