The most important words in our walk with God are Yes and No.
I need to say a discerning no, not just to bad things, but also to many, many good things. I often have to say no to the good in order to embrace the best. There are so many wonderful opportunities, ministries, causes, and gatherings I could choose. I know a lot of great people doing a lot of really tremendous things, and I would love to be a part of it all. But my mantra lately has been “I can’t do it all.”
No is not a fun word. People do not appreciate hearing no. No is a bummer word. But “no” frees me to say yes to some really, really wonderful things.
I want to say a wise, discerning no so I can say an enthusiastic yes without hesitation or regret. 2016 was a rough year on many levels. 2017 holds a deep abiding sense of joy, anticipation, and rebuilding (literally and figuratively). It’s certainly not all rainbows and unicorns: My friends, family, and I are all struggling with a lot of different challenges and tough heartaches. But there is a joyous undercurrent right now. It’s hard to describe, but there is a peaceful excitement in me.
Peaceful excitement. Sounds like a contradiction in terms, but I don’t know how else to describe it.
"Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days--You would not believe if you were told.”(Habakkuk 1:5)
I spend each January 1 with the Lord, and His words to me this year seem to be, “Give yourself the gift of time.” Time to rest, time to think, time to pray, and time to play. Not easy in a world that keeps speeding up. My desire is to keep a rhythm of RestàPrayàWorkàPlay instead of RunàCrashàBurnàRecover. I want to rest deeply in the Lord, to work hard on the job I am privileged to do, to pray without ceasing, and to play with delight as a child of God. Repeat.
This is a good season. A season ripe with promise, life-giving connections, and a sense of some very fun and meaningful adventures ahead.
In the meantime…
Trust in the LORD and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the LORD;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Choose wisely, young grasshopper.
Grace and peace,
August 2016 Weary
May 2016 Seasons of the Soul
November 2015 Still
October 2015 Continuous Partial Attention
August 2015 Look up
June 2015 Lead me to the Rock
April 2015 Embracing Limits
January 2015 One Thing
November 2014 Grateful
October 2014 Learning from Pain