Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Be Bothered

2014. It's a new year, a fresh start, a second chance to get things right throughout the next 365 days. It's an opportunity to set goals to achieve and to re-evaluate where you're going, what you're doing and where you'd like to be heading.

Today, I sat down to take advantage of this new year to set some goals, and one phrase that I could not keep from running through my head, and one that I believe is a Holy Spirit prompt:

Be bothered.

How many times in a day do you say to yourself, I can't be bothered? Maybe you don't ever say it and you're just one of those super motivated people who never stops and who never puts things off to the next day and who are just overly organised to the point that you and I can't relate and therefore will never be friends... Ahem. Sorry, I got a little carried away.

Leading a busy and full life allows me the excuse of putting things off because I just can't be bothered. Either I don't have the time or the energy to do whatever task is at hand. But I realised something today, and it's that I spend a lot of energy thinking about how I don't have the energy to vacuum or get some groceries, which can often be more exhausting than just doing whatever needs to be done in the first place. I spend time debating with myself how I don't have time to empty the dishwasher or put on a load of washing or to sort my paperwork, all the while taking up time that I could've used to get myself organised.

So today, when I was writing out my goals, I decided that I would heed God's advice and just BE BOTHERED. When I find myself saying, I can't be bothered... I imagine myself using strikeout font with the word can't and just doing it.

I feel more productive already. It's a good feeling, getting organised for the year, because in order to do what I want to do and see God move, I need to nail the smaller things in life. I like to think of it like this: an efficient engine that is well maintained will go further for longer. I don't want to burn out and drown in 'stuff' because I couldn't be bothered. I don't want to miss out on meeting people because I couldn't be bothered to get my booty over there and introduce myself. I don't want to let an opportunity pass me by because I wasn't bothered enough to grab it with both hands.

So that's it. That's my number one goal this year. Be bothered. I can't wait to see the fruit of my motivation unveiled throughout the coming months.


- N