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Ahhhh...the unexpected. It's the spice of life, right? Sometimes the unexpected is fantastic, and sometimes it is, well, not so much. This past week took another unexpected turn with a hospital stay and other family illnesses to boot. Needless to say, our blog and YouTube channel went on the back burner again.
It never ceases to amaze me how I can be so completely sure of God's plans, yet find that suddenly life has taken a turn that confounds my previous expectations. Before Advent started, we had a promising line-up of videos to make and updates to the blog to do. However, unexpected commitments and projects piled up, and I found myself only getting by with the minimum. Despite the craziness, though, there are good things that came out of this period of disappointment and questioning.
Number one, it forced me to stop and examine priorities. With all of the commitments building, I desperately needed to schedule. Sadly, I realized that some things that should have been scheduled as priorities had not made my list. In his book, Resisting Happiness, Matthew Kelly talks about his dealing with corporate executives in an attempt to help them better organize. Assigning them a scheduling exercise, he found that most people don't put the most important things in life on their lists. Things like family time, prayer, and going to Church are rarely added as priorities to their schedules. Why is this?
He explains that this is mainly because the most important things in life are hardly ever urgent. When our lives are busy, urgency rules the day, topping any priority list we might create. If life is over-the-top crazy, some would term this as going into "survival mode," a phrase I would have definitely applied to the last 8 weeks.
Still, despite this need to survive, it is imperative that we keep in mind that the things that are the most important to our lives, our families' lives, and our very souls, are still hanging out there waiting for attention. They will never disappear just because they may lose their urgency temporarily. This reality is never more clear than when our health or life is at stake, or when we talk to a loved one nearing the end of their earthly journey.
Reality checks are important, especially when we are running on empty. If there is one thing I would like to beg you to do when you are in this mode, it would be to take 5-10 min. to pray in silence each day. If you can do more, then even better! For some, this might seem impossible. If you do find it it difficult to grab that moment of silence, attempt it in the car or, if all else fails, in the confines of a bathroom (and for young families there is no guarantee here either!).
However you can find it, make it happen. The difference in your day may honestly be astounding. And, if you don't believe me, try it and see! :) Just remember...the results will only be as good as the fair trial you give them.
May you feel God with you during all of the different periods of your life. And, no matter what, let us praise God through each one, whether we are holding loosely to His hand or are grabbing it tightly!
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