Archive for June, 2010

What are you looking for?

June 16, 2010

The kazillionth draft of the novel is in the hands of my beloved editor and so I have minute this morning.  I’ve missed this writing time.  Taking some time over the next couple of weeks to replenish after the exercise of writing for weeks and weeks and weeks, but had something On My Heart this morning…

We seem to always be in search of something:  more money, what to do with the money we have; a smaller waist, a mate, the latest gadget. 

Over the last few days,  I’ve been doing some inventory.  I’ve been making a list of what’s “on hand” and what I’m in need of.  Please note the word “need.”  This is so very different from the list of “wants” we sometimes spend our time obsessing over.

I realized that I have far more than I really need.  I have people that love me and people that I love.  I have a God who always remembers me and has my wellbeing at the top of His list.  I have the opportunity to choose.  I have peace, even in the midst of life’s storms.

I’ve known and sometimes remember in time to stop myself from complaining, that ALL we need, we already have.  Accessing it is the key.  Here are a few things that help me remember that what I need cannot be purchased online and no one else can bring it to me:

1-  I am not competing against anyone.  I don’t have to try to prove myself to anyone.  I don’t have to try to have more than anyone else.  Just this morning, I read Micah 6:6-8 “What shall I bring to the LORD the God of heaven, when I come worship him?  Shall I bring the best calves to burn as offereings to him?  Will the LORD be pleased if I bring him thousands of sheep or endless streams of olive oil?  Shall I offer him my first-born child to pay for my sins?  No, the LORD has told us what is good.  What he requires of us is this:  to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God.”  That ought to be enough to keep us all busy for a lifetime.

2 – Choose.  Stop waiting on “until”…until he/she comes along, until I can fit into those jeans, until I have more money, until the kids grow up, until so-and-so apologizes, etc.  Make up your mind about the kind of life you want.  This has nothing to do with the kind of job you’ll get or the house you’ll live in.  This is all about, how you want the gifts God has given you to manifest in your life and the world.  What kind of person do you want to become?  What do you want people to think of when they hear your name?  Make your time here about something bigger than the car you drive or the purse you carry.

3-  Take inventory.  Focus ALL your energy on acknowledging what you do have and not on what you don’t have.  I promise, and I don’t make many promises, that if you take 5 minutes each day to do this, you’ll feel better.  People that feel better do better.

That’s it.  When you find yourself spinning out of control, or tripping about things that won’t matter in 100 years, just stop and ask yourself, “What are you looking for?”