The Best Way to Change a Life

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Most people I know want to make a difference.

They want to live a life that matters…a life that changes those around them.

For some reason, we think we have to do big things to change someone’s life. We think we have to travel to Africa and open an orphanage or move to Cambodia and save children from trafficking.

Changing a life doesn't mean moving across the world or leaving everything we know behind. Sometimes God has another way... ::

Though these things are vital and SO very needed, I don’t think God wants all of us to travel to distant lands for Him.

Sometimes, God wants us to stay put and be faithful in the little things instead.

Sometimes, the best way to change a life is to just to show up in yours. (Click to tweet this.)

Show up with your children, even at the end of a long day when you’d much rather relax in front of the television.

Show up with your spouse, especially when it’s easier to live separate lives.

Show up at church, because God might have sent someone to church today to run into you.

Changing a life doesn’t have to be a big thing. Many times, all it takes is showing up.

The thing about showing up, though, is that it’s hard. Most of us (if we’re honest) will admit we’re selfish people. There are many times my introverted self would rather just stay home and be by myself than reach out to someone else.

Here are three tips God has been teaching me to make showing up easier.

How to Show Up:

  1. Begin your day with prayer.

Ask God to give you His agenda for the day, instead of your own. If we’re ever going to make a difference in the lives of those around us, we have to stop living for ourselves and start living for God. That can only happen if we’re daily surrendering our calendars to His will.

  1. Remove the clutter.

What in your life is squeezing you dry? What activities or things are making it hard for you to be present with those you love?

I’m a stay-at-home mom to two little boys. Many days I have very little adult interaction, so I feel a constant pull to Facebook and emails and Pinterest. These online networks are all begging me to give them my attention, so for me, showing up sometimes means my phone has to be put away for the day.

  1. Be intentional.

Choose to show up. That’s really what it comes down to: a choice.

We might not always feel like showing up, but our feelings don’t have to dictate our actions. If showing up is the key to changing a life, we have to choose to show up, regardless of how we’re feeling.

I’d love to hear from you. What other things help you show up?

This post is part of the Marriage & Motherhood Mondays series. To see others in this series, simply click the image below.

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Lindsey Bell is the author of Unbeaten and Searching for Sanity . She's also a stay-at-home mother of two ornery boys, a minister's wife, an avid reader and a chocolate lover. You can find her blogging about faith, marriage, family, parenting and miscarriage over on her website. You can also keep up with her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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