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3 Benefits of Growing up

All grown up fireborn while nuggetDevotionals – don’t you just love them? Many years ago, I added reading a daily devotional to my mornings. Last year, I read Savor by Shauna Niequist and wrote several times about this great devotional.

This year, I am reading her Bread and Wine book as a devotional.  It is not written like a devotional, but I love her writing so much as morning inspiration that I chose it as my 2016 devotional.

Today, as I read, she made this statement:

One of the ways we grow up is by declaring what we love!

Oh! This so hit me because it is so true. It is a wonderful feeling to be able to say without fearing judgment or condemnation the things that we love.

I will soon be 64, yes 64, and it has only been the last few years that I have grown up in this way.  Fear and feeling unworthy caused me to not declare what I loved.  But no more!  Can I get an AMEN?

3 things that happen when we grow up and declare what we love:

  1. We become more tolerant – Tolerance is a gift that comes from us loving ourselves enough to be ourselves, and out of that self-love, we gain tolerance for everyone else to “just be.”
  2. We become more focused – Focus is a by-product of not trying to be everything to everyone.  I was like that before I grew up and began to declare what I love so I could focus on accomplishing, establishing and living my fulfilled life.
  3. We become more generous – I have always been a giving person, but giving does not always mean generous.  Now that I am ok with what I love, I can be generous with myself and celebrate what others love without being afraid of them not loving what I love. I am grown up enough to love what I want and to trust them with my generosity.

As a grown up declarer of what I love, it is my desire to inspire you to do the same.

I love jello!
I love police stories!
I love quiet early mornings!
I love soft cotton PJ’s (the older, the better)!

Share below what you are declaring that you love.  It is great to be a grown up!

 

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