Life is Too Valuable to Merely Be a Spectator, SHAPE UP and Become a Participant

Recently I shared at a MOPS (Mom’s of Preschoolers) gathering which was a great honor since I have many sweet memories of my MOPS experience. When I was a young mom of two preschoolers, MOPS was a lifeline for me to hear inspiring speakers that somehow seemed to know the area of life I was currently struggling in 😉  A decade later I returned to MOPS with another preschooler this time as a table leader and mentor mom.  I strongly encourage moms of little ones to consider enrolling in a MOPS group as we all need to be inspired, encouraged, and equipped.

I wanted to share a recent photo of my family.  My daughters are now 27, 25, and 15.  We are well beyond the MOPS years, but I hope that when my daughters have little ones they will participate in MOPS.

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I find it funny that I remember being a tad annoyed when a speaker or older grandmotherly type would share, “enjoy these moments as they pass quickly.”  I thought, no way however if 2015 is any indication of how fast the years will continue to come and go, I purpose to participate fully in each moment rather than moaning and groaning about where the time went.

Recently, I felt God encouraging me as I was watching the sunrise from our balcony.  I have a slight obsession with sunrises and sunsets as is indicative on my camera roll.  As the sun was appearing, I recalled Ecclesiastes 1:5 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. Much like our lives, we begin a day, which quickly ends only to begin again.  Don’t let life happen to you. Be intentional!  There is such great value in being intentional; it will help differentiate your days.  sunrise collageI have a confession to make. I enjoy order, possibilities, and predictability.  I get giddy and hopeful as I flip from December to January. I consider what the upcoming year might entail. There are so many things I still desire to do.   I’m unsure why, but I view the new year as a clean slate.  I enjoy writing out my goals and resolutions to guide me as does about 50% of the population. Did you begin the New Year with resolutions?

Here are some interesting New Year Resolution Statistics by Statistic Brain

Top 5 New Years Resolutions for 2015

  1. Lose weight
  2. Get organized
  3. Spend less, save more
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest
  5. Stay fit and healthy

How many keep their resolutions as time goes on:

  • 75% past the first week
  • 71% make it past two weeks
  • 64% make it past one month
  • 46% make it past six months

Half of the people who make resolutions will give up on their goals by the end of June, HALF.  The “glass half full perspective is that half the people succeed while half will fail.  Which half do you want to be in?


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By being proactive and having resolutions or goals, you are ten times more likely to achieve them than those who don’t any.   So let’s be proactive. Being proactive means taking control over your life, setting goals and working to achieve them. Instead of reacting to events and waiting for opportunities, you go out and create them.  Over the next few weeks, I plan to share ways to be more proactive while highlighting the following areas.

  • Spiritually
  • Husbands
  • Accountability
  • Parenting
  • Ect.

So join me as together we get in SHAPE.  Life is too valuable to merely be a spectator, become a participant.  What areas of growth will you focus on?



2 thoughts on “Life is Too Valuable to Merely Be a Spectator, SHAPE UP and Become a Participant

  1. cheriewerner says:

    Jenny, I love how my path is crossing with old and dear friends. We spent the day with Dwight and Carla Davison on Sunday. Crazy they are living so close to us. Your kiddos all look amazing. I look forward to our next visit to the DC area so I can see some of my favorite people.

  2. Jenny says:

    Tis true Cherie! Time flies and you’re right, when we were in the thick of it with our kids, it WAS hard to believe it would pass so quickly. Great post! Great reminders!

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