Good morning, busy mom!
Last night I was visiting with a friend and we were talking about traits we have seen in “successful” people.
I’m not talking about strangers or movie stars or talk show personalities or TV preachers either. It’s easy to assume things about people who might appear successful from the outside.
When I think of “success” I think of people that I have interacted with and whose lives I have watched unfold.
Those whose lives are bearing fruit.
As I thought about this more today, it occurred to me that they have five things in common, all these “fruit-bearers.”
- They get up early. I have noticed this in the past two years: almost every person I know who is effectively balancing motherhood and marriage is an early-riser. They recognize the value in getting up early and having an hour or two to nurture their body and spirit.
- They’re self-disciplined. Self-disciplined in what they eat, in taking care of their own bodies and in managing the tasks they take on.
- They’re humble. They recongize and bear witness to others that any success they have enjoyed in this life has come from the Lord. God blesses humility.
- They know how to work … and play. This balance is essential. I must admit, this is hard one for me. I’m more of a worker-bee—but I’m learning to relax. It’s funny that relaxing is something most of us really have to work at!
- They emphasize relationships. At the end of the day, they recognize that true worth is found in people, not things.
What traits do you see in the lives of those fruit-bearing friends of yours?
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
8 He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”