It is a rare opportunity when I can sit quietly with nothing to do and no place to go. While I sit playing on my computer in this busy space, I am easily and willingly distracted by the sounds and … Continue reading
There have been significant changes in my life during the past seven years. While many of these changes were unexpected and not what I might have chosen for myself, I have tried to face them with an attitude of acceptance. While I’m not cetain it is possible to “master” change, I do believe it is possible to focus on positives. As a Christian I know there is a plan for my life and allowing God to work that plan will provide a fulfilling life.
While going through changes it has been necessary to give up on some things. Cliches frequently come to mind, “it is impossible to reach for the future while holding on to the past.” They may be corny, but they can provide strength. As I focus on the future I wonder if the lessons learned will be retained. George Carlin had a skit about “stuff” and the nature of people to acquire stuff to overflow their space, which would lead to more space – then acquisition of stuff to fill it. A vicious cycle! One I want to overcome.
Giving up a spacious home, pairing down material possessions to top priorities, and making essentials the financial requirement – all lessons I was forced into. However forced those lessons, not only were they valuable, but they led to happiness. Focusing on NECESSITIES to achieve joy and fulfillment. Last week at church the sermon was on John 4: 6-42 – where Jesus offers a Samarian woman three things – the living water, salvation, and God’s work. By accepting what is offered we can be fulfilled – a lesson I’m still learning.
There is an email and Facebook post that talks about wishing you “enough.” Enough wisdom, health, happiness . . . So I continue to learn and understand necessities and enough. What do I need? What is enough? Recently heard a message – “What if you wake up with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?” After hearing this, I have tried to remember to thank God every night for the phenominal blessings He has bestowed. It is also my prayer that I will continue to utilize these blessings to achieve fulfillment and recognize that I am ENOUGH. I hope each of you are also blessed with enough.
A volunteer is a person who can see what others cannot see; who can feel what most do not feel. Often, such gifted persons do not think of themselves as volunteers, but as citizens – citizens in the fullest sense: partners in civilization.