Ever feel like you are just SOO burned out and not enjoying what you’re doing every day? Do you ever wonder if you’re being ungrateful or if it’s a legit concern? We have all heard the saying, “the grass is greener on the other side?” So when do we decide if we push through our circumstances and stay where we are or should we actually go to the other side because there is truth in that the grass IS greener in a new circumstance.
A NEW WAY OF THINKING
This is something I have been thinking and praying a lot about over the past few months. I recently made a big decision with my job I have been in for almost four years! The decision was based upon the way I answered the question if the grass was greener or not. As followers of Jesus, we are to be content where we are at in life. So I really battled through the thought of “am I just not being content and I need to stop complaining?” But Jesus changed my perspective and helped me figure out a healthy way to actually answer the question “is the grass greener right now or not?”
Not too long ago, Kramer and I took a little vacation. We had no plans, nothing at all. It was AMAZING. We basically rested the whole time and did whatever we felt like. We had no commitments or anywhere we had to be at. I had never felt so rested in my entire life. When we drove off, I loved the feeling of peace I had. I started to wonder if I could have that feeling even through the midst of work and life?
We sadly hear this phrase often “don’t become an adult because you will lose your life and stop having fun.” It’s such a lie, being an adult is so FUN if you CHOOSE the right mindset. Yes, it really is a choice. I absolutely love working and by all means, I don’t want to sit around at home each day. I realized how much of a desire I had to feel rested and happy with my life. That isn’t a bad feeling, right? I started to ask myself, “Is it even possible for me to get this rested and enjoy life?” I fully believe the answer is YES which is what lead me to where I am TODAY!
So after this trip, I decided to start making a list of the things I believe God calls me to as his daughter.
- I am to have an intimate relationship with Jesus and to seek him at all cost
- To care for my husband (to give him full attention, love, and to always be best friends)
- To care for my home (keeping it clean, organized, clutter-free, and being hospitable)
- I am to care for myself (Eating, exercise, taking care of my mind, and soul)
- Invest in the people God has called me to
- To work with my hands and to contribute to the success of mine and Kramers home
The list could be longer but I started with these 6 simple things. And I was AMAZED at the negative response I had to each question. I realized that in my current job I deeply struggled to take care of any of these items on a consistent basis. I do my best to, but working 10-12 hours a day with so much going on outside of work, how can I have the time for any of this? It’s a mindset at times, yes, but overall this job is not sustainable for my goals and lifestyle I want to live. I always thought I needed to push through my job and be grateful (which I am grateful for what I have learned) but I realized that God is ready for me to move on and this is why my desires have started to change.
THE KEY IS HONESTY
The thing about self-reflection is we have to be completely HONEST with ourselves. It can be easy to blame our job for the reason we are unhappy, unhealthy, or tired. Be real with yourself. Because if you aren’t, your problems will never actually change, they just keep following you wherever you go. I realized I was actually being real with myself. When I wrote out my days and all I did, I simply couldn’t do it all. It felt SO good, to be honest with myself.
So coming to the conclusion, I prayed and started asking God to show me what he had for Kramer and I. I knew I couldn’t continue on in this lifestyle. Or I guess I should say I could, but I didn’t want to look back in 10 years and see the pattern my life was headed on. As I was praying and seeking God of what to do, he is so good and provided an avenue for me. He clearly showed me where I was to be and all the things perfectly aligned.
I am blessed to say that I moved on from that job into another career that better supports all of our life goals and dreams God is calling us to. We only get one shot at life, and I am overwhelmed by the presence of Jesus and the way he moves and makes things happen when you align your heart with HIM. ♥
I LOVE YOU SISTER – BATTLE WITH ME
So my friend, assess where you are in life. What changes can you make in your life to be in control? You’re the only one in control of yourself, SO TAKE CONTROL. If you’re going to work with a bad attitude, fix it. If you’re struggling with fear and hate how it’s controlling you, you have to BATTLE in order to overcome. Life isn’t easy. But take control by the power of God with your life and pursue the things he has called you to. I feel so free because I know I’m living in the plan that Jesus has for me. Pursue him, and he is faithful to show you, my sister. Live each day with passion, fully engaging in everything he has placed right before you! Whether you are in a season of waiting or reaping, his presence is REAL and alive. Tune into Him and seek Jesus with everything you have because he promises us to make himself known if you will just look!
I love you and hope that this post can meet you wherever YOU are today!
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