If you’ve been around me (or this blog) for very long, you’ve probably heard me say, or read the words, “survival mode” as I’ve referenced the really hard year I feel like I’ve just endured.
Pause there. What did I just say?
Did I really just say that I feel like I’ve only endured, only survived? For a year?
I did. And honestly, most days, I did feel that way. Like I was doing what I know to do pretty well, and that is to just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Day after day. Get up, do my best, try to sleep some, and repeat. Yes, that is good. Yes, my attitude was not one of a quitter. (You’re realizing more and more why this blog is called The Marathon Mom, right?)
More Than Just Enduring
But isn’t there more to life than just surviving the race? Isn’t there more significance than just being able to say, “yeah, I ran that 26.2, and I didn’t quit! I finished!”
Endurance – that’s a good thing. It’s admirable, noble even. Definitely necessary! You simply have to finish, and as a mom, there is no compromising there.
But this past year, I’ve come to desire something more than just “finishing the race”. I have become dissatisfied with simply surviving.
I feel like God has even allowed this sort of holy discontent as a tool to bring me to desire His will for my life and my family, and that is to thrive!
He doesn’t just want us to survive, moms.
God Wants Us to THRIVE!
He wants us to run this race well, to enjoy it, and finish strong!
Jesus came that we might have life and have it to the full. (See John 10:10.)
I’m no longer satisfied with just getting through my days, scratching one item after another off the list until bedtime, then getting up every morning and doing it all over again.
What message am I sending to my kids if they only ever see me run on auto-pilot? Am I sending the message that this home is a haven?
Or am I sending the message that life is just hard work, a series of menial tasks, one after the other, until I die? By focusing all of my energy always moving from one job to the next, is my family seeing life through the lens of surviving?
I’ve become discontent with that to the point I have to do something about it. I don’t want my husband or children to see life colored that way. Instead, I want this home to be a haven. I want them to see our home as a Life Center. Their favorite place to be. A place where we get to grow and learn together. Sure, there are still chores, and there will always be lists, dirty dishes, and diapers to change….
But It’s All Changed by One Thing: Eternal Perspective.
You see, I believe with all my heart that the Enemy desires for us to live in survival mode, because again, according to John 10:10, the enemy came to steal, kill, and destroy, but Jesus came that we might have life and have it to the fullest!
Satan wants us to simply “get by”, to feel sorry for ourselves for all “this work” we “have to do”.
Jesus wants us to see our purpose, see our children for who God created them to be, and to see our homes as a life-giving, life-breathing, inspiring, nurturing haven to our husbands and children. Jesus wants us to see tasks and jobs as what they really are – serving and blessing our family, showing them love, nurturing them, and teaching opportunities to our children. Jesus wants us to thrive!
God wants us to see our homes as a place where our children grow into the powerful, influential people who will positively impact the world for generations to come.
Have you felt you were stuck in survival mode lately? Do you see your home as a haven? Do you see yourself as the keeper of your children’s hearts? I’ll be sharing each Monday for the next few weeks.
Are you ready to make the switch from survive to thrive?