We have all heard of the mid-life crisis. Is there such a thing as the 1/3 life crisis? Where you are only a third of the way through and something needs to change. If so, I feel like I am about to be in it.
I have been feeling the need more and more to give back, to help those in need. I found a shelter near me that I can volunteer at. I have been finding ways to do small acts of kindness.
Most recently, the Bearfoot Baker had a post about giving back with cookies. A cookie truly can change the world one person at a time. It is gratifying for the cookie baker to give to someone. It lifts us up to put a smile on someone’s face as we give our creations away. And it also lifts that other person up when they receive our cookies, especially for no other reason but to say Hello, I am thinking of you today.
This weekend I made some toffee snickerdoodle cookies. I had Paul deliver some to the neighbors across the street. And last night Alex and I brought some to my younger brother for #giveafriendacookie. If you are looking at a way to give back, try this out. Bake some cookies and drop them off where ever you see fit. With a friend, neighbor, police station etc.
My 1/3 life crisis: I am feeling like I need to build the relationships in my life that I have neglected. Life is short. We don’t know how long we have here on Earth. I put off so many things, or make excuses of why not to do something. I have missed out on getting to know those close in my life, and that is my fault. I need to focus on them and not stay in my comfortable bubble at home.
I heard on a podcast this past week: What would your judgement look like if your life ended today? There wouldn’t be room for “I will volunteer next month when I have the time, or I will call her tomorrow”. What would it look like today. Have you done good things in your life? Have you helped others like God wants you to? We are put here to love one another and I think we forget that as we are going through our daily lives. How many times have we said we will do something when we are less busy next month, next year. Is what we are doing now more important than helping others? Is it better to stay in our comfortable bubble or should we use our strengths to help lift others up?
These are all the things that have been consuming my thoughts lately. I feel like I need to be more present with my family and friends. I should find ways to use my talents to help lift other’s spirits.
I started reading Jen Hatmaker’s book Interrupted. Yesterday I was reading a chapter where she talks about the word new. We may have been practicing our faith, but is there a new way that would better help those around us? Then on the way home there was a car in front of me that said New Way. Ok, I see the sign loud and clear. Time to make some New changes in life. Time to cherish my husband, love my family, and lend a helping hand to those who need it.
Time to start living a new life.
As it states in Matthew 22: 37-39 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Plain and simple. We are here to love one another. Be kind to your neighbors and the people around you. It is time to put that into action.
Make it a great day,