Thursday, June 1, 2017

Change and Choice

...time moves on. we change. some of those changes are good, some not so much. we cut the flak from our lives.  we declutter, buy more stuff, have yard sales, swear off shopping, long for simplicity on all levels of our lives. we go to bed tired and promising ourselves tomorrow will be the day we start anew. some day we do just that. other days it seems nothing has changed in our lives and we feel stuck. stuck in old patterns, decades old fears, and new concerns for our futures. we long to go back to the time when we felt safe even though we know it was an illusion we were too  innocent to realize. we read lots of books about "how the universe has our backs"...we remember Scriptures we learned in Sunday School and still we feel unsettled. Life is like that...very unsettled. But what a privilege to be alive. alive to write this freely, alive for other folks to read without fear. alive and free to share word, pictures, Scriptures, change, to grow, to settle or start fresh. Opportunity is such a gift. many of us don't appreciate the opportunities we have...whether it is to change a job, a relationship or who we are on our deepest level. i think about this a lot and still most of the time i do nothing. but, as long as i am aware there is a choice, i will take a chance, and take a fresh look at what makes up my days, months, life. there is great inherent power in choice. and most of us here are privileged to have choices, but i think we forget. we forget that from what we decide to have for breakfast, to how we handle criticism, to what we dwell on, we have power. choice is a superhuman power that we can exercise on all levels of our life.

one choice i have made is to live more simply. for me, for now that means less of the stuff that has surrounded and influenced my life for the last number of years. less drama, fewer clothes, cameras, do-dads, internet friends, projects, hobbies, etc (i keep giving stuff away and I still have way too much)....of course these are subject to change as our lives change, but i definitely want to concentrate my energies on those things that are most deeply rewarding for my life...trickling down to my energize my family and work. i make endless lists, keep journals, capture moments with my camera and realize even as i grasp at life, i may be trying to hard to hold on. it is scary to let go and move with the flow of Life...and yet to cling to rocks of fear and old habits, is to be battered in the end. is it better to accept the way things are instead of wishing our lives were different. should we fight to change things that don't add up to our idea of what our lives should look like? i am not really sure about and accept or fight for your idea of how things should be. how about prayer. ask God to help you assign your energies to the things that are worth fighting for. ask Him what He intended when He made you and assigned you to this time and place in history, with your gifts and opportunities. what has He given you that you can share with another. how can you make a difference, globally or in our own family. what is standing in your way, that is keeping your from realizing the potential you were born with...and what are you afraid of? and what would you do if you weren't afraid.....?

There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.

But sometimes it doesn't.

Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.

That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”
― Veronica RothAllegiant
We all create the person we become by our choices as we go through life.  In a real sense, by the time we are adults, we are the sum total of the choices we have made.
                                                      -- Eleanor Roosevelt
Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

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