Same old, same old…NOT

Hit the snooze. Again.

Roll outta bed. Brush your teeth. Grab some breakfast or at least a cuppa joe.

Run out the door. Sit in traffic. Or wait at the station.

And so on and so on. Day evaporating into day, one not much different than the next.

A similar replay at the end of the evening with rush, rush, rush and no time to exhale. Then collapse into bed and get ready to do it all over again in the morning.

Mindlessly ground up in the daily routine. One foot after the other in a journey of a thousand miles going where, I ask?

The common complaint I hear around the water cooler, at the supermarket and inside my own head is, what’s the point?

And as I live out my life each day, so much of which is positively lovely, I cry out to the One who made me, is this it? Am I fulfilling my purpose?

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

God has put certain desires in our hearts for His glory. Desires that when fulfilled, help others and make our own hearts happy.

I don’t think any of us want to finish our days on earth and realize we missed the boat. That we merely existed — instead of truly living — while we journeyed this side of the veil.

Merely existing! Such a dreadful thought.

And what about you?

Do you run through your days, the hours slipping away like so much sand between your fingers, in a chaotic swirl of must do’s? Racing here, racing there. Heart pounding, shoulders tight, a grimace where a smile should reside?

It’s been said that the way we spend our days is the way we will live our lives.

Eeekk!

Time for a change. And there is no time like the present!

Our God given heart’s desire is the one which completes our reason for being here, I am sure.

It’s the desire that’s skimmed the surface of our hearts for as long as we can remember. It tumbles over and over in the back of our minds preventing sleep, like squirrels running in the attic. It tugs at us like a whiny child simply wanting to be embraced while we keep ignoring it in lieu of the life we feel compelled to push through. And no matter how we may try to bury it, that desire never dies…

God tells us to run the race with endurance and finish well. I highly doubt he was talking about the rat race!

Have you squeezed yourself into the mold because you feel there is no other way?

Well we don’t have to keep doing the same old, same old.

We have a BIG God who is crazy about us.

More than anything else, he desires a relationship with us. He desires that we should understand His heart and follow Him. And as we do, we will find our life.

A life abundant with good plans and hope for our futures.

And He wants us to dream big!

For shame if our epitaphs should someday read: Here lies a worker drone who toiled without ceasing, yet never fulfilled the purpose for which he or she was created.

That thought hurts my belly.

So what’s the alternative?

Love mixed with radical faith in a God who holds everyone of us in his tenderhearted hands!

He even takes care of the sparrows and we, made in His image, are a whole bunch more dear to His heart.

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows… Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. Matthew 10:29, 33

Having radical faith can make us brave and can make things happen. God will hold us close and provide for us should we decide to follow Him with passion, let go of this “life” which may not be true life at all…and just GO.

Last August, son #2 did just that. He felt led to pick up and move to Hawaii. He literally left with only a backpack, an extra pair of shorts and a little money he had saved. But he had no doubt God would provide for all he needed.

Ben landed a job, complete with room and board, immediately upon landing on the Big Island. For the last five months, he sends home the most lush and lovely photos of the amazing adventure he is on, now joined by his girlfriend. And God is caring for them both every day, in all ways.

In God’s love, and in believing God’s word, we will find the courage to go forward into the unknown and conquer Canaan (our current existence) so we can enter the land flowing with milk and honey, our promised land where we will find our real lives.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

And when we get there…well, that’s when we stop spinning our wheels and our hearts will sing as we take our first breath of life as He intends …

~sheila

Sailboat photo by attorney Fred Schaeffer
Hawaii photos by Kimmi Jeffers
Photos courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net
     Bedroom by Winnond
     Morning Rush Hour by EA

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10 thoughts on “Same old, same old…NOT

  1. Wow! You two have snagged me. Already a heart-fan of Jay. You messed with the carefully planned day, however. Peeking at (sometimes reading) Jay’s stuff out of habit. The type of and quality of and Source of your pen/keyboard is a welcome diversion. Took me a half hour to tour your stuff (including “Home” which links to a strange WordPress page). I was enuf to make me subscribe, despite my eliminating most other blog feeds. I’ll be back to visit about your publishing savvy. My book, Generational Fathering, is a year off, but I’m caught by the chaos in publishing and wondering how I can change the world of godly fathering most effectively.

    • You’ve got discerning taste if you are a heart-fan of Jay’s. Us, too! Appreciate the heads up on the Home menu glitch. It’s fixed now. All the best in your own publishing pursuit, Gary, and thanks for subscribing!