Balancing life with a full time career, my family, running a household, a three day per week exercise routine, blogging and keeping up with Google+, Twitter, Facebook and above all, spending quality time studying the word of God and being in His presence for prayer and worship is proving to be a bit of a challenge today.
‘So what? You are not the only one!’ I hear you, and you are so right. I am not the only one but still, no one ever told me that it would be this difficult.
Let’s talk about blogging. I just completed my eighteenth month blogging last month June and it is fair to say the ‘honeymoon’ is over. Yet, it still feel so new with so much yet to learn.
I reflected on what I learned back in my school days, primary and secondary. I fast forward a bit and came across my college and university days. I cannot recall one Professor mentioning terminologies such as SEO, RSS, permalink, hyperlink, feedburner, widgets let alone gadgets. You know the jargon and there is so much more in addition to these few I just mentioned.
“Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.” ~ Edward R. Murrow
Don’t get me wrong. I am passionate about blogging and writing from my heart. I am able to express my innermost thoughts via this platform that next to writing a book, I would not have been able to do. Blogging allows me to connect with people from all walks of life, many of you I would probably never meet in person. It makes room for my gifts and talents, while it allows me to speak in my unique voice.
Nonetheless, way beyond the laptop, desktop and the smart phones, you are the ones who give me the inspiration each day to go on doing what I am doing here on blogosphere.
True about me that every once in a while I get ‘writer’s block.’ And when it gets really complicated, I do think about unplugging for a while – not just a short while, but for an extremely long time, maybe for good. But then I think about those of you who unknowing to me, but known to God, follow my blog as a source of encouragement, inspiration, strength and motivation to live a purposeful life.
I think about others like myself, who for whatever reason, get knocked down by the storms of life and specifically turn to my blog as a refuge, a place of shelter and as a spiritual hospital to nurse them back to health and to lift them up on their feet again.
“It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up.” ~ Vince Lombardi, Hall of Fame Football Coach
Therein lies the comfort in my distress – that if I get knocked down, I don’t stay down but get back up one more time than I got knocked down. And that if I can help somebody along the way, then my living would not be in vain.
Let’s get social
When it comes to the social media networks, I cannot help but notice how ‘competitive’ it is getting out here. And if you are not careful, you get caught up in the social frenzy. Everything sells. People go out of the way to make sure that what they have to do/say on social media networks are taken hook, line and sinker. This is also true in the blogging world, I must add.
But who wins at the end of the day? Is it the sender of the information or the receiver? Do we have statistics to show that with all the information and knowledge that is shared on a daily basis, how many persons experienced ‘true’ liberation and change to go on living productive, spiritually healthy and wholesome lives body, soul and spirit?
In the book of Revelation 12:11 it says, “They [God’s people and those once in bondage from sin] triumphed over him [the adversary] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony..” I am tempted to ask, where are the testimonies? How many persons got saved, healed and delivered in the week past? Hmmm..
Perhaps this is an area that Web Developers, Research Analysis, Marketers and Forecasters ought to begin channelling some of their resources and to publish those results. For now, it is not easy, but looking ahead, it will get easier and it will be worth it.
Balancing life for victory
My focus and your focus must now be on balancing life for victory. Saying it is difficult is no excuse to stop trying with a view towards succeeding in life in whatever you do. Work toward winning the prize and the crown of righteousness that God has laid up for us. Persevere in the faith.
Focus on the things that are most important and would bring you lasting peace and joy. Create and live your own vision, not someone else’s. Eliminate the trivial stuff or the ones that are not so important after all.Compete with no one else but yourself – be in it to win it. Do only as much as you have been equipped and empowered to do. Quit looking at the Jones.’ Their way is not always the right way. Stay in your lane. Set realistic goals. Love from your heart and raise the level of awareness of what’s happening around you.
Make your ‘To do list’ but never be too hard on yourself if some things are not finished at the end of the day. None of us are superhuman. We grow weary at times and become overcharged to the point of a brown own and eventually a burn out. So pace yourself. Unplug every once in a while to clear your mind. It may not be easy now, but looking ahead, it will be worth it!
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