It’s Friday and time for another edition of Five Minute Friday. Today’s prompt took me a little longer to write. It was more like Fifteen Minute Friday. Five minutes wasn’t enough. 🙂 If you would like to join in the fun CLICK HERE.
“Reaching out should always be a greater priority than keeping up.”
Ironically, I saw this quote on Twitter the other day while trying to catch up (keep up) on some of the tweets in my feed. I have a love-hate relationship with Twitter. I love coming across new and interesting blogs to read but at the same time I have this tendency to want to scroll way back in case I missed something good earlier in the day.
I’ve struggled with this type of behavior as far back as I can remember. When I was a baby and toddler my parents said I hated to nap. I didn’t want to sleep through anything important. I was afraid I would miss something.
Nowadays, I recognize this behavior as a control problem. I’ve had to remind myself over the years that the world doesn’t revolve around Eileen keeping up with everything. Life will, in fact, go on just fine if my little hand isn’t in all of it. Imagine that! Every time I get stuck in this striving mentality a quote from Rick McKinley comes to mind.
“The kingdom is. That’s it. Jesus does not need you or me to nail it together.”
Striving to keep up will always leave us coming up short. It will never be enough. We are left feeling less than and not as good as. We shine the spotlight on all that we are not. It leaves us spinning our wheels, panicked or discouraged.
On the other hand, if we focus on simply reaching out to others we move forward in ways we never imagine. It shifts the focus off of us and places the focus on those around us. Rather than keeping up with the Joneses we reach out to the Joneses…and anyone else who we meet along life’s road.