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Do you have those pesky bad habits that you just can’t seem to ever shake? Over the years, mine have grown and developed to a point where they’re just part of my life. Soon enough, these habits don’t even seem so harmful anymore, after all most everyone you know does them too and they’re all fine. And you’re fine as well, except for the dark moments when you lack energy, clarity and motivation…and those habits are entirely to blame. With spring lining the streets in pretty blooms and sunshine, my soul aches to shed all the negativity and toxicity in my life.
Like with any problem, the first step is to admit it’s a bad habit – call it what it is and shine a light on it. It’s time I did this, no matter how long the list is. My toxic habits include:
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Christy’s recent dilemma got me thinking…I love being a student – I like the schedule, the learning and the community of being in the cacoon of like-minded people. But, being a student, working two part-time jobs and extracurricular activities takes up all the hours of my day. Over the years I’ve learned so much about time management and priorities, but some days, I still get to a point of being exhausted, stressed and unhappy.
Over the years, one of my creative outlets has been blogging (on and off) and of course, reading dozens of others blogs for inspiration. And anyone who has ever blogged or read a blog, would agree that there are times you read a post and a burst of envy claims that you too want that kind of life – the adventures, the pretty photos and the pure happiness you see on your computer screen.
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Last week, after an exhausting day at work when I was juggling way to many responsibilities at once, I began thinking about acts of kindness. Sometimes, they’re simple things, like holding a door open for someone whose hands arefull of stuff. Other times, it’s bringing dinner to someone who’s bedridden. It’s those acts, both large and small that show a stranger or a close friend that you care enough to mak their life’s burdens just a bit easier to carry.
Anyway, as I was complaining about how I wish someone would have done something special for me on above mentioned work day, a voice in me nudged me to the opposite – do I do the same for others? What do I do to make the lives of those around me a bit more easier to navigate, a bit more happier?
I found the following quote on Tumblr the other day and it made me think….
My generation is gruesomely lonely, but in response, we don’t need another handout, another kind gesture, or a better bible study. We don’t need more people that will merely know our name and address or care for us sporadically and at arms length. We need big, reimagined, Jesus kind of love, and people willing to sacrifice themselves in order to live it with us. We need people who will love us enough to get messy. So be deeply involved. Be covered in someone’s tears. Be the person who gets the call at midnight. Be the person who hears the gory details when someone’s marriage or career falls apart. Be the person who tells someone the hard stuff that they need to hear but no one wants to say. Be the person who repeatedly gets someone else’s mud and blood all over you. Be the person who goes home a little uncomfortable at night, not because of your behavior and thoughts, but because you’ve been near enough to someone else’s. Be a family member to the lonely, messy people of this world, and to my generation. -Josh Riebock
God calls us to sacrifice our own lives and comforts to do His work, which includes doing good and making everyone’s lives around us easier and more blessed. Even if it’s giving up the shirt on your back or the last of your paycheck – that’s what we’re created to do.