Saturday, December 04, 2010
If I'm looking at the christmas chocolates everywhere, these are the nuggets that I need to choose to nosh on:
1) We are all manufacturers. Making good, making trouble, or making excuses - H. V. Adolt
2) To reach my goals, I have to really want them. More importantly, I have to really believe that I can do it.
3) Every priority in my life needs to justify why it's there. If I can't come up with a good reason that actually comes from me, maybe it doesn't belong.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Really. What is important?
Is it so important that I stress that my weight is not moving as quick as I want? Is it so important that I work 18 hours a day at work, volunteer stuff and cleaning the house? Is it so important that my couches don't match and that there's dust bunnies under the bed (that I can't see for the mess of toys!)? Is it so important to get approval from extended family members for the gift I've chosen or made for them? Is it so important?
Today's message at church service was from a local Reverend, a brother of a dear friend, and he didn't mince words. The obedience he showed in sharing that message was amazing. He asked, "Where are your priorities? Where do you go in times of trouble; in times of peace? Who (or what) have you based your foundations on? What have you put your faith in?" It was a profound message. Christ didn't say, "if I return". He said "When". Are you ready? Am I ready? Am I one of the five bridesmaids ready for the bridegroom, with enough oil, or will I be one of the five bridesmaids too busy to prepare, too busy to listen, too busy with other things, only to go through the motions like a dress rehearsal. And when it's too late, run for oil to return to the wedding feast and the doors are locked?
I have been struggling lately with the overload of being who I think I need to be, but am I really being what God needs me to be?
Do I need to put so much into the AC paperwork, at the cost of not making cookies with my little man of 7 years?
Do I need to stress about the pile of papers at work, if the boss isn't concerned because there are other "fire-projects"? Do I need to worry so much about what gifts I'm wrapping for those "hard-to-please" relatives who are unfortunately very closely related to me? Or can I just pick as my heart leads as my young man of almost 14 years does with a thoughtfulness that amazes me?
Do I need the house "magazine" clean (never accomplished this, but I stress to try!!) when I should just take my young man of almost 16 years and go outside city limits to look at the stars with him?
Do need to spend that extra ten minutes on the treadmill, or would I not be more productive focusing on some devotion "coffee" time with my best friend and Savior.
No. I do not need to "do" so much. I need to just "be". Make the cookies. Make "that thoughtful gift". Look at the stars. And just be, with the Lord, in prayer, in the Word, with my family, in peace. Because in doing this my heart will be focused on what the Lord has asked of me, not what man has demanded. Because in doing so, my heart will be prepared, my family prepared for the return of a King, not just a Christmas baby, but the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. The matters of the Spirit are more important to the Bridegroom, than dust bunnies and papers.
My heart. My soul. His purpose.
That is what's important.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I was catching up on some of my "Healthy Reflections" today. I was reminded of a saying my husband has: "hang your work hat on the tree outside the front door. Do not pick it up until you leave for work the next day".
And we can apply that to everything: work, projects, hard-to-tackle problems or large hate-to-get-to messes in the ______(you fill in the blank) room. But the advice today was "If you can do your best and forget your worst, you've already got a head start on tomorrow." And it is so true. The hardest part I have is giving myself permission to forget. If I've done what I can on that pile of paperwork at the office, then at the end of my day, I'm done. If I've worked through the phone calls and emails of the AC committee, then I'm done for today. If I got the groceries bought for the week, but laundry isn't touched, I'm still done what I could for the day.
And there is so much freedom in knowing, I've done what I can in the time I've had and accept that I can do no more. And for me, there is then satisfaction. And that is what can move me forward tomorrow. Without accomplishments, I am less likely to keep moving forward. But if I acknowledge what I have done--no matter how small, it will all add up. As the old saying goes: "How do you eat an elephant?"
..."one bite at a time"
So...my mantra this week is: "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could...
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer
and then maybe, no, probably, my stress levels will go down...a lot!
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