Carrots Help Us in More Ways Than One

Carrots?  Really, Shannon?  Some of you may be wondering, how in the world am I possibly going to relate carrots to personal growth?

Carrots (c) Can Stock Photo / RenoMark

Carrots work best when we do more than just look at them.

Fair question.  Here’s what I’m thinking…

We know carrots can help improve our vision.  Of course, simply looking at or thinking about these colorful veggies doesn’t do anything for our vision; we have to actually eat them to enjoy their benefits.

Along with eating carrots, we also talk metaphorically about “chasing carrots.”  You know, you have a calling in life–something you’re striving for—and you could say, that’s your “carrot.”

I Can See Clearly Now 

Recently, I was thinking about how much more clearly I’m seeing my calling in life the older I get.  I’m accepting and working to maximize my strengths so that I accomplish the meaningful, purposeful goals I believe God is calling me to fulfill.  And, I have to tell you, gaining clarity, focusing my energy, and chasing after the right carrots is way more fun and inspiring than chasing after less personally fulfilling endeavors.

Not Only Pursuing but Planting Carrots 

Carrots by (c) Can Stock Photo / Subbotina

Chasing and planting carrots can bring you and others joy!

Interestingly, the more fun I have following my calling, I find that I’m not only being smarter about which carrots I’m chasing; I’m also planting more carrots, too.  That is, I’m thinking more clearly about my investment in my children’s lives and how I’m hopefully helping encourage and equip them to follow God’s calling in their lives with joy and conviction.

I’m also thinking about people I teach and counsel.  I want more and more to be an encourager and equipper of their vision for and pursuit of their life’s calling.

What Carrots Are You Chasing?

I don’t so much have a “1-2-3 Here’s How to Chase and Grow Carrots” list for you.  But, my encouragement for you and questions to you in this brief blog post are this:

  • Are you chasing the right carrots in your life, or are you chasing after unfulfilling goals and missing out on opportunities to use your various gifts?
  • Do you find joy in the things you’re doing? If not, what realistic changes could you and would you be willing to make to follow your calling?
  • And, are you investing in others’ lives in meaningful ways that bring both you and them joy?

Pursue Your Calling with Clarity and Conviction 

Perhaps just as eating carrots helps improve our vision, increasing our acceptance of and focus on God’s calling in our lives improves our vision for where our energy is best spent.  And, whether talking about literal or figurative carrots, our vision is improved only when we actually eat our carrots and only when we actively pursue the “carrots” that bring us most joy in life.

I hope for you and me both that we’re clearly seeing and passionately pursuing our calling in life in a way that results in the most joy for us and others.  Our calling will vary because we’re each unique and fulfilling unique purposes in life.  That’s awesome in itself, but equally important is that we don’t have to chase after other people’s calling as if theirs should somehow be ours.  We can and should pursue our own calling with clarity and conviction.

That’s a lot of carrot talk!  Anyone up for carrots for dinner?

Before you go…

Share your thoughts below in the comments section.  I’ll do my best to get those posted as quickly as possible.

If you think this article may be an encouragement to others, please consider sharing it via Facebook or Twitter (see below for sharing options).

For more ideas and encouragement, “follow me” @drshannonwarden (Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram).  And, sign up to receive my Hope to Build On blog by email.

By | 2018-09-27T16:50:29+00:00 February 18th, 2018|All posts, Change, Parenting|6 Comments

About the Author:

Co-author with @DrGaryChapman (the 5 love languages guy). Teacher @WakeForest. Counselor @TriadBaptist. Wife, mom of 3, daughter, sister, friend. Writer. Encourager. Dreamer behind Repurposed Life Ministries, Inc. Peace-loving. Jesus-seeking. I hope you'll subscribe to receive Hope to Build On by email each time I post a new entry. Thanks for reading! Shannon

6 Comments

  1. Kerri Morris February 18, 2018 at 2:56 am - Reply

    Love the carrot analogy! This article encouraged me to think about if I am truly finding joy in all of the things I am doing or if I am just feeling pressure from the world and others…a calling or just trying to keep up with others. I’m excited to narrow my focus and pray more deeply about how God can use my unique talents rather than playing the comparison game and measuring myself by looking at others.

    • Shannon Warden February 18, 2018 at 3:06 am - Reply

      That’s so good, Kerri! Me, too…I want to make the most of my time here and am listening closely to the Lord about His plans for my life. Living in His will and living out His plan is where we can find most joy! Congratulations to you and your sweet family on all the goodness in your life!!

  2. Michelle Hailey February 22, 2018 at 1:05 am - Reply

    Thanks for the encouragement! Think i’ll Go eat some carrots. 😘

    • Shannon Warden February 22, 2018 at 1:07 am - Reply

      Lol, Michelle! I had carrots for lunch!!

  3. Nancy Lee March 7, 2018 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Love carrots, from veggie stew to pot pies and even raw. Love your analogy also. Good for anyone both physically and spiritually! Also are great treats for my doggie Sam!. Love you.

    • Shannon Warden April 27, 2018 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks for reading, Nancy! I love you, too!!

Leave A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.