Overcommitment leads to underwhelming results.
Between high school and traveling as an assistant or rehearsing at my studio, I had zero time in the week to do anything else. I was lucky if I made it to a Friday night football game or a sleepover. I desperately wanted to run track, but my Dance Mom, Vicki, made me choose. She knew the demands of both dance and track, and taught me that I wouldn’t be able to successfully do either well at the same time.
I truly believe if my sole commitment weren’t only to dance, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I learned the value of sustained focus vs. scattered focus, and I still carry that with me when I make important decisions.
Fellow blogger Lysa Terkeurst puts it beautifully: “Like a tree, a woman can’t carry the weight of two seasons simultaneously. In the violent struggle of trying, she’ll miss every bit of joy each season promises to bring.” Sometimes we’re too concerned with achieving everything we are good at, instead of pursuing the things that we are great at. And because of this, we find we end up with burnout and underwhelming results for the Kingdom.
“Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one,” (Matthew 5:37 NLT).
By Meghan Way Stinson.