At the risk of sounding conceited, I want to say that I realize that I am my greatest asset. If I do not take care of myself, I will not function well for anybody. This doesn’t mean that I must be self-involved, revolving all of my choices around me and me alone.
Life on planet earth is a sure exercise in balance, and I believe that there will be no balance if I am not centered just right, aware of who I am, what I value most, and what my purpose for being is. There will be no fruit if I am not aware of where I am going, and what I need to do to get there. I have done that internal work, and at this point in my life, I believe that I know where I am going and what I am about down here until He calls me home.
How to fulfill this has a lot to do with me seeing that I am my greatest asset in every dimension of life: spiritually, intellectually, physically and socially. If I do not develop the “me” that I was made to be by the grace of God fully supplied in these four areas, there will be lack of balance in me, and the complete purpose of my life will not come to pass. This doesn’t mean that I must spend hours daily developing myself; yet it means that I need to take some time (my currency for life) and trade it for growth in these four areas.
I like to think in weeks rather than days; not everything must be done daily. God chose to use the week (7 days) to make the world, and divided His tasks accordingly, finishing with a glorious day of rest. I am choosing to expand myself, or work on my growth by having weekly “tasks” that foster that development. This works for me, and I feel more alive than ever, knowing that the whole Barbara is growing with a growth that pleases God—not in spirit only, but in mind, in body and in my social activities.
I love life!

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