When I was a kid (some time before the Civil War ) life wasn’t quite as convenient as it is today. This was before email, personal computers, microwave ovens, etc. While I didn’t grow up in poverty, my family was not by any stretch of the imagination wealthy. I got lots of hand-me-downs, didn’t have the latest toys, clothing, etc., and if anything I had broke, guess what? We didn’t just throw it away and replace it. We mended it.
Have we become so familiar with God in our “culture” that He no longer draws from us awe and wonder? Has God become a cosmic buddy, or life coach? I fear that this might have happened in my life and I fall in the danger of esteeming him lightly, which is to say, dishonoring Him. And how about the Church? Has God ceased to strike a healthy and good sense of awe in its people? What about our nation, our world?
Tossing and turning at night, troubled by that one issue that you have no way of knowing, no way to control, and no absolute certainty of the outcome?
Through the years, I’ve had plenty of things to worry about. There were months of unemployment, wondering if we’d be able to pay the rent, keep the lights on, life -threatening family health issues, sudden deaths of friends and loved ones, etc. Lean times, scary times with which I’m sure many can relate. It was stressing the heck out of me and I could easily lose sleep over it. After all, what else could I do but my best?
Then I realized, I had a choice.
Just a few hours before I heard the news about the Boston Marathon bombings today, my son and I were having a discussion about terrorism, what it meant, fighting it militarily, and as civilians. What it boiled down to was this: Terrorists seek to win by changing our lives, robbing us of our peace and security…
No matter what stage you are in your career, there will always be another email to answer, another task to complete, another deal to close. How many of you can relate? It’s not just business, it’s busy-ness. As a home-maker, there’s always another meal to cook, always another load of laundry. It’s endless.
By the end of the day, you may feel you haven’t accomplished enough and are falling behind. But nothing will ever be enough to remove that feeling. Can you relate?
a way of regarding situations, facts, etc, and judging their relative importance
Judge not, lest ye be judged
Have you ever had this experience? You’re waiting somewhere public like–oh, I don’t know, DMV or something–and someone near you is acting incredibly rude and inconsiderate. (Hold on, before you all jump and raise your hands, don’t answer just yet, because we’re not focusing on that person, we’re focusing on you.)