I started the month of October planning to post every day for 31 days on the topic of taking care of myself, body and soul.
And if you plan to post every day for 31 straight days, you must absolutely, without fail, post every day for 31 days. You can't quit. You can't fail. You must follow through. Right?
If I'm completely honest with myself and with you, I recognize that I chose to write about self-care because I need some. And I'm not very good at it.
The events of the past several days, some good and some bad, have kept me away from my computer. So I've failed. I haven't posted each day. My 31-days-in-a-row of posting is a bust.
I broke the rules.
But God is still on the throne.
I'm a rule-follower par excellence. Ten Commandments? You bet. Give me a dozen. I believe in the power of law and order. Certain rules really should never be broken.
Over the years, though, I've set a lot of rules for myself, and I've driven myself pretty relentlessly to follow those rules. Worse than that, I've punished myself mercilessly every time I've broken them.
Life is not a scientific formula that will balance perfectly every time. Some aspects of life can be organized and planned; others require actions and reactions that can't be predicted. But the Spirit of the Lord lives in me, and I can trust the Spirit to guide me (Galatians 5:25).
So today I'm resolving to change the way I govern myself. Of course I'll always have respect for God's laws. But as for what I set for myself, my goal now is just to follow some guidelines that are good for my loved ones and for me. And if I fail sometimes to follow those guidelines, I'll learn from the failure, make adjustments as needed, and carry on.
What about you? Do you govern yourself harshly? Do you need to join me in exchanging rules for guidelines?
If you need a good laugh, watch this clip from The Andy Griffith Show in which Barney Fife lays out the rules.
This post is the twentieth entry in a 31-day series: Caring for Myself Body and Soul.