Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18

I am an all-in kind of girl. Whatever I do, I jump in with both feet and glue my loyalty, time, emotional investment, and faith into it! I am determined and often refuse to give up, even if what I am doing is unpleasant.

The problem is sometimes, I let the pursuit and determination consume me. As a result, I lose focus on what matters. What happens is burnout, anxiety, disconnection, and the feeling of being overwhelmed! When I feel this way, it's time to do a spiritual inventory. Slow down, refocus and reflect.

Why? Businesses routinely take inventory of their stock. They essentially take a measure of what they have or do not have. It is a common understanding in business that you must measure something to identify opportunities for improvement. You both identify areas of gain and dig in to understand what caused them to build on them, or you identify areas lacking growth or even loss to know how to respond with a plan of action to turn it around.

It is easy to go for long periods without taking a spiritual or life inventory in our busy lives. Businesses that don't routinely "take stock" with physical assets, employees, finances, or sales go out of business before too long. The stakes for our families and us are much higher than any business!


Slow down and take stock, measuring strengths and weaknesses, blessings and needs, loss and gains. Where is your focus? What are you committed to? Will it honor God?

Then come up with a faithful plan of action committed to God.