Martha Stewart, your quintessential homemaker, picture perfect crafter, gourmet chef, amazing hostess, and gardener.
We all have someone we look up to, and for so many women it is Martha Stewart. When our days are stressful, dinner is burnt, and the centerpiece we tried to craft for thanksgiving looks more like a preschoolers art project, we close our eyes and think, “How does Martha do it?”
According to her daughter, while Martha was pretending to be betty homemaker to the world, she ignored her own family.
"If I didn't do something perfectly, I had to do it again," writes her daughter. "I grew up with a glue gun pointed at my head." source
She goes on to say "There was never anything to eat at my house," and despite Martha’s seemingly love for the holidays, her daughter said she was quite “humbug” about them in reality.
While Martha was pretending to be perfect, her own daughter suffered. I’m not trying to dog on Martha, she was running a successful TV 'show and magazine, writing cookbooks and who knows all of her other million obligations, there is now way she could DO IT ALL.
She was never designed to DO IT ALL.
This my friends, is point of Imperfect People.
So many are wearing the masks of “I have it all together” when families are falling apart.
When the stress of the world tells us to go here, do that ,and be the leader of this, we have to KNOW what it is we are designed to do and don’t apologize for saying no to something that doesn’t fit into the mission God has given us.
How do you know your mission?
List out your top 5 priorities. The things that take up the majority of your time, talent, and treasure. If all else fades, if money didn’t matter, cross out your obligations one by one until you are left with the TWO that are most important.
Go ahead write them down.
What are you left with?
Hopefully it is family and faith.
Of course we cannot ignore those other three priorities but i hope that shed light on the things that TRULY matter.
Another way to help decide your mission is discovering what are you passionate about. What gets you up in the morning and gets you excited? What are your gifts talents?
Once you know what is most important, develop a family mission statement. Deciding what is most important as a family helps you to say NO to the good opportunities so you can say YES to the best opportunities. Example here.
Martha Stewart has talents no doubt, and I don’t think it is wrong that she had a successful career using those talents. I just think she may have lost sight of what is MOST important.
While loving the Lord with all our hearts is the MOST important, I believe family certainly comes way before career, hobbies, and fame and fortune.
How do you keep focus on the most important priorities?
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