How often has this happened to us. We get done with a great dinner with people we enjoy and once we are home we head to our bathroom look in the mirror and see the largest piece of pepper sitting between our front two teeth! We are amazed at how it looks and we are amazed that we did not have a friend tell us. The truly amazing thing is we wouldn’t have seen the pepper if we didn’t have a mirror with a reflection. Reflections from mirrors can help us only if we look at them. They do not do any good if we ignore them. How much is that like our life? Are we too busy today to even sit and reflect?
The weather is starting to get cool where I live and the struggle is real. Getting out of bed in cold weather is one of the hardest battles of winter. Warm beds in a cold room hold onto us like gorilla glue! Sheet’s and blankets hypnotically hold me and fight to keep me in bed.
The feelings wash over you! Dread, stupidity, shame, and the feeling of, “How did I do this again!” What causes these feelings? Double Booking, which means we are not acting like Calendar Ninjas!
Football was my sport of choice as a kid. I was plenty big to play on the outside, but on the inside I was insecure and it hurt me as a player. I was so focused on pleasing people and doing everything perfect, I did not play very well. My insecurity affected me also as I got older and went into the ministry. As a young adult I turned my life over to God and then later felt a call to ministry. Ministry was my natural calling, however I still struggled with my insecurities.
How are those resolutions working out for you? The end of January is when the reality of resolutions often hits us. We start with too many and end up doing none of them. I prefer a goal to a resolution. Resolutions are dreams goals focus on reality.
As a middle schooler I wanted to get stronger so I got a weight set. My excitement was overwhelming and so on the first day, I loaded all the weight on the bar and was going to lift it. I was home alone, yes you are seeing the end already, as soon as I lifted the bar off the holders the weight came down on me and I was pinned to the bench and couldn’t move. Amazingly, I was able to get the weight off me by sliding it onto the floor and I realized I had started off with too much.
Real change is something we all think about in the new year. Many people set goals and try to make a change in their life. Losing weight is probably the number one goal for most people at the beginning of the new year. However, many of us have many different areas we want to bring change to.
The new year can bring one of two feelings:
The second part of my Christmas parable gift to you this year.
Kinge, a young female scorpion, walked out of her family’s hole a little early to be greeted by the desert heat. The sun was going down but there would still be light for a couple of hours. One of her favorite times of day was when the sun was setting. She liked to go to the water and look at the jungle.
My guns were at the ready. My mask was adjusted just right. My hat was blocking the sun perfectly. Yes, I had become the Lone Ranger! Christmas as a 6 year old was perfect for me because I had gotten a Lone Ranger outfit. Looking back I’m sure the mask was cheesy and the guns made that little click noise that didn’t intimidate anyone, but to my 6 year old brain, it was perfect. Watching old Lone Ranger reruns after school, was a regular habit for me. My parents saw this and got me the outfit. The joy I felt on Christmas when I received the gift was incredible and I wore the outfit for days.
I am thankful that I live in the United States. During the craziness of the presidential election this year, I noticed a trend of people being quick to tear down the United States and I felt frustrated. We are not a perfect country, but what country is perfect?
There seems to be a pressure our society has to focus on the negatives of the USA and forget the positives. I wanted to highlight a few simple reasons I am thankful for the USA.