What did you do with my Son?

I have been missing in action for a few days. I tried to hide under my bed but it didn’t work. I have been so busy that I can’t even remember the last time I ate, slept, spoke to my mother, or brushed my hair. It is crazy how life takes over and I am just pulled along for the ride even when I just want to be still. I decided to jump off the life train for a few minutes and come visit with you.

I was thinking while I was spinning around in the chaos of life, how we go through phases and that each phase has a particular point to it. We go to school to get an education. We get married to love. We have kids to make a family. When you are going through a phase that has no apparent point to it, no goal or desired outcome, your life feels off-balance and worthless. Just living isn’t sufficient to us. We need something to look forward to. We are hard-wired to being successful, to accomplish some grand thing that will make us worthy of being respected. We think that if we do this thing we will have respect of others, fame, or stature. Sometimes we even do it for self-satisfaction or to make ourselves feel good about who we are as people. Some how we got the point of living all twisted up. Life is not about us at all.

The point of life  is to reflect Jesus, to help others. Life is not about us. When we meet our maker He isn’t going to ask us what we did for ourselves, He will ask, “What did you do with my son? Did you love others, feed the poor, take care of the least among you, comfort widows and those who weep, protect children, and honor my son?  What did you do with Jesus?” Life is about others. Life is about serving those who need what you have. It isn’t about chasing some dream to make us feel like we are successful. The point of life is about loving others. Not to love them like you love yourself but love them more than yourself, love them better than you love  yourself.

To find satisfaction in this life instead of chasing that American dream of a perfect life, wealth, career, seek to serve other people. Treat others better than you treat yourself. There you will find satisfaction that is real, lasting and worthy of your time. If you live a life of service to others,  I bet when you look back at the end of your life you will see that your life was filled with the right stuff and that you had a good life after all.

Think about this, when is the best time to help someone? I will explore this quesiton in my next post, Lord willing tomorrow.




No is Not an Ugly Word

I have been out of touch for a few days. I had great plans for this blog then life happened. That is what happens though. We plan and God laughs. How many of us can look back to the us who was say eighteen or so and say, “Yep, I am right where I expected I would be right now.”  I bet not even half of the human race can do that. I planned to be living in Europe, with a flat overlooking the Thames in London, writing novel after novel and dancing in the moon light. I live a completely different life in Florida. Not that I have a bad life, I don’t. I have a family who I adore, a decent job, a couple of novels finished, sort of and I write for you. The facts are we may plan out our life and God will still have the last say as to what really happens.

Does this mean we shouldn’t plan but rather just let God do what God does? No I think we should plan, but we must pray about every plan. Just like I planned to write on the blog for you every day, but work and other obligations keep me from it. At first I felt guilty. Then I realized that God has things I must do and if I do not do those things my life is not in balance. Sometimes it is more important to keep your life balanced and it is definitely important to keep yourself right with God than it is to get things done.

If you have to place something on hold to do something else that you know God wants you to do, then to it and do not feel guilty. If you have to explain why you changed your course to your family and friends then explain it. The important thing is that you are true to God and true to your calling. Your family and friends will understand. The hardest part is haveing to say “NO” to someone you love because you know that the way you are going is not the way that God wants you to go in the first place. Even then, do not feel guilty.

Be brave and follow God’s will for you life despite that challenges of time, family and resources. You will be a better person in the end because of it.