"People love to have lived a great story, but few people like the work it takes to make it happen. But joy costs pain." Donald Miller
I can't tell you how many times since I published my first book in 2001 that people told me, "Wow, that's great, I've always wanted to write a book!" And then I answer them, "Well, why don't you?"
And they tell me straight on with a sober face, "I just don't have the time."
I am so very tired of hearing people say that line. It's an excuse for not doing anything in your life, taking a vacation, learning to knit, learning to cook or bake, taking your kids on an adventure. YOU DON'T HAVE TIME.
Just what the heck do you do with the time you DO have? Surf the Internet, watch television, your phone, going shopping for more clothing then you'll ever wear in your lifetime. Even if you say I'm at work all day, saying you work is another excuse. You get breaks, coffee, smoke, food, and you tell me the entire rest of your day is totally absorbed in typing away or whatever?
"I'm too tired when I get home." Yes, that one gets used so we don't have to cook, help the kids with their homework, walk the dog, clean the house or go on adventures with our kids. Stop it!
Stop right now making excuses in your life! God gave you a life, and if you stop and think about that life, it's probably pretty good...you have a roof over your head and food to eat.
Get off your bum and do something with your life! Write a journal, get into photography and PRINT the pictures or make a BOOK with them! Play board games or outdoor games with your kids. PLAY THEM don't watch them! Your kids need you to be there for them...do you want them to only remember you were the "I'm too tired!" parent? Congrats...
Yesterday while picking up some groceries so I COULD MAKE SUPPER AND NOT GO OUT TO SUPPER... I heard a grandma...YES a GRANDMA scream at the two children in her cart that she had worked all day and was too tired to listen to them cry.
I am still mad at myself for not stopping her and saying "Shame on you! Shame on you for making it your grandkids fault that they are tired, hungry and just want to be at home instead of being stuck with a grandma who cares more about herself and not them!"
Get out and experience some pain in your life! You'll never know joy without it.