A Moment of Confession…

I Can’t Do It All!

Ok, I know… shocking right?  I know you already knew this about me but I have trouble coming to grips with that statement because I want to do it all.

I want…

… to be an amazing church leader

… I want to blog and write and speak

… I want to mentor and encourage other leaders

… I want inspire and encourage my staff

… I want to run another 1/2 marathon

… I want to learn to be a great tennis player

… I want to be a great wife

… I want to have a beautiful house to invite and entertain in

… I want to love, support and cheer on my sisters

… I want to be an amazing friend to the dear friends in my life

… I want to have an strong, growing relationship with my Savior

But for each one of these wants there are a lot of details and time spent behind the scenes to make them happen.  Like a stubborn child I want it all and I want it all NOW!

I don’t have this all figured out, but I’m working on it.

How about you?  What’s your want list look like?  How are you ordering your life?

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  • Michael Robison February 9, 2009  

    I love this…You’re right. We are all wanting things. The reality is that most people don’t realize the substantial work that goes on behind the scenes to make it happen. The biggest part of the equation is balancing priorities. Thanks for sharing…..

  • kevinwlloyd February 9, 2009  

    I hope things are going well for you. Love your post here. I don’t know about all of the things you listed…but you’ve certainly encouraged me! Hope all is well in Nash-vegas!


  • Jeannelle February 9, 2009  

    You may not be able to do it all, but you are an amazing person. Someone who touches the hearts and souls of more people than you realize. You make a lasting impact on those around you. You are a strong and beautiful person; and I thank God for bringing you into my life.

  • Dawn Nicole Baldwin February 9, 2009  

    What a great post, Jenni. I share many of the same “wants” you listed, but I also have other “wants” that are completely at odds with each other.

    I want to go to the gym more frequently > I want to sleep a bit later snuggled next to my husband.

    I want to work on my book > I want to spend time with my daughter watching her fave tv show

    I want to do a great job w/new speaking opportunities > I want to move this new start-up biz ahead.

    Yeah, I know it’s all about “prioritizing” but lately that’s beginning to sound like a dirty word, as it’s not always so clear cut.

    Actually it just feels like many shades of grey 🙂

  • jan owen February 9, 2009  

    Jenni, we discussed this the other day – we all need clarification about what God is calling us to do, and what we need for our own growth as well. Many times as church leaders, we want to DO it all, and we lose that focus on learning how to BE, how to be full present with God and others, how to BECOME. We don’t talk about that much in the church but it’s hugely important as it informs all that we are then able to DO. I hope that makes sense.

    Praying for you as you make choices and walk into the moments God has called you to participate in.

    In the midst of it all, take care of your own soul my friend.

  • Paula February 9, 2009  

    You and I are so much alike my lady. Let me affirm for you that you are accomplishing #3 with me personally – something I continue to be grateful for and always look forward to our times together!

  • jan owen February 9, 2009  

    and by the way, you always encourage me. i only hope it’s a two way street.

  • Jenni Catron February 9, 2009  

    Thanks for your sweet comments everyone! I think it’s so important that we all share honestly our struggles with doing it all. I know I have a tendency to create a very “put together” exterior that can lead others to believe I can do it all. This only ends up being discouraging.

  • Rindy Walton February 9, 2009  

    Great list. I want to listen and follow wherever God is taking me. I want my sons to be awesome men and be a Mom they always love and want to be around. I want to be a good friend.

    This is a great post to get me thinking. Thanks!

  • Cindy Beall February 10, 2009  

    Right now, my biggest goal/desire is to continue to live in freedom from my food addiction and overeating. I’m 58 days sober from overeating.

    God has brought me freedom.