More than once, I’ve been asked “How do you do it all?”
It seems like a ridiculous question. I mean, me? Do it all? Some days, I barely feeling like I’m doing any of it.
But I am way too nice to point this out to the inquirer, so I usually respond with, “Well, I don’t do it all.”
This is true. I don’t do it all. I happened to marry my best friend and biggest cheerleader. He is truly my partner in parenting and life. He helps me do so much of it.
This year, we also hired an amazing college student to assist me in maintaining the house, the boys, and my sanity. She helps me do so much of it all as well.
It’s easy to see, I don’t do it ALL.
But what I truly learned this past year is that I don’t have to. I don’t have to do it all. In 2016, I learned, all I have to do is what God designed me to do.
I don’t have to keep up with all the dirty dishes. It’s ok if I don’t have the cleanest baseboards in the midwest (phew). I don’t have to be the perfect mom with the most patient response at every turn.
I don’t have to do it all.
I don’t have to go on every field trip or serve on every church committee. Wearing myself too thin is not productive for God’s kingdom.
All I have to do is what God designed me to do.
God designed me, Ginger Newingham, to have ALL the words and ALL the conversations. I’m an extrovert. He designed me to bring His light by holding meaningful conversations with anyone and everyone I encounter (and maybe even that brick wall over there. I literally could.)
God also designed me with a passion and a heart for His children, especially those who have been orphaned. God has given me the life experiences and wisdom to pour into many other women who share my passion and burden for the orphans.
God made me a creative with an eye for color, design, and making.
He designed me to crave growth and knowledge as a very intellectual being.
And this year, after realizing how God has created me, I recognize more of His calling and design in my life. So with God’s calling and His grace, I AM doing it all. I’m doing exactly what God has designed me to do.
But God’s design for our lives looks very different for each of us.
You too CAN do it all. You don’t have to feel overwhelmed. You don’t have to look at the sister to your left and wonder if you should be doing what she’s doing.
All you have to do is what God designed you to do.
My next few blog posts are focused on this topic (timely as the new year brings resolutions and new commitments, eh?). I have grown in my identity and calling by implementing a few tricks and tools. I want to share these with you.
I don’t have a magic spell to erase dirty laundry from your life (but boy would that sell!). I don’t have any secrets or shortcuts to perfection. All I have is the wisdom I’ve gained from my past year. I’ve grown and learned all you have to do is what God designed you to do.
You CAN do it all. You too can do what God has designed you to do.