Greetings and Joy in Abundance!

Ever wonder why some people seem to be floating through life and others stumble?

I wonder this, and seek to find ways to float instead of stumble. Maybe you would like to join me in this search.

Seeking a closer relationship with God seems to allow my life to float along a little easier.

Phillipians 4:5-6 tells us to reveal our gentleness outwardly, that God is near and that we should not be anxious about anything, but through prayer and petition, we should thankfully approach the Lord with our concerns.

As a high energy person, my anxiety can run high. I am constantly seeking ways to leave my concerns at the foot of the cross.

Random? Probably not.


Friday, June 11, 2010

It's hard to breathe on the high road...

Yes, when you go up in elevation, it can be hard to breathe.  The air is thinner.  I know this from experience - one year for vacation John and I went to Colorado and drove the Trail Ridge Road (I actually read to him from a book called The Geology of the Trail Ridge Road).  When we got to about 14,000 feet, John had some difficulty getting full breaths.  I didn't have any trouble, but I was used to less oxygen - found out a few years later that I have a deviated septum and I only get about 1/4 of the oxygen that I fun!  I thought about the fact that as you get higher up in elevation, you get lightheaded, there is less oxygen in the air, the view is spectacular, but in order to see the view, you MUST climb (or drive) very high up. 

The expectations that we put on ourselves and the expectations we have of others can either lift us to heights or cause us to remain at the bottom of the mountain.  Remember, the only person who is capable of fully understanding you is you and God.  Everyone else is doing their best, but they will never fully understand you.  We are complex beings, designed after a complex God...whom we also will never completely understand.  Remember to give yourself a break, but also to lift the expectations of yourself to a height that is just outside your reach.  This will cause you to stretch a little and keep you high up on that mountainside.  It is important that you set a good example for those who look to you for leadership and guidance.

Just keep in mind that other people are setting their own expectations of themselves, and it is hard for them to receive your expectation as their own.  Looking and seeking a comfortable agreement of expectation is important.  Be true to your word and keep the agreements you make.  Your example is what the rest will follow.  It matters not what you say if you are displaying the opposite in your behavior.  It's not the easiest way, but it is the only way to be righteous. Proverbs 20:24,25 "A man's steps are directed by the LORD.  How then can anyone understand his own way? It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows." 

Let us agree that we must indeed set the pace.  Take the high road.  Work on being the measure everyone else wants to meet.  Proverbs 16:3 "Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed."  If we work as if we know that God is our boss, we will certainly do our best.  Does it matter what people on earth do to us?  Not really.  Bottom line, when we are no longer here on earth, we will meet Jesus face to face.  No matter our life, the questions will be posed asking us to account for our choices and actions.  By ourselves.  Accountability to the MOST HIGH.  On earth, we seem to think that this is a permanent place to be, but it is temporary.  The pain and suffering are temporal.  I want to be able to hear, "well done, my good and faithful servant."  Don't you?

1 comment:

  1. Hello Lori! This is Derrick from Urban City Connecton. Just wanted to say that this was a GREAT blog! Loved IT! p.s. If we're floating or stumbling we must always remeber that our steps are ordered and we should want to be and be where God wants us to be! If we're anything different (floating when we should be stumbling or stumbling when we should be floating)we would not fit into the plan that God has for us!!



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