How can we be in control of things that we aren't in control of?
Okay. That question was just a little bit confusing.
What I meant was, how can we be happy and feel like we are actually contributing to society and the world around us in a meaningful way, when all we are doing is ...
Working. Going to the store. Running errands. You know.
Hey, it may not qualify as "important" - but you certainly can't shrug it aside. Let's face it,
like it or not - a lot of things fall into that category.
Remember, in the last post, how we talked about taking the question:
What time is it?
And asking ourselves, instead:
How should I spend my time?
It was great. But what about...
The boring times?
The empty times?
The running around like a chicken-with-it's-head-cut off times?
What about the times you feel like strangling somebody?
You fill in the blank.
Do words like... frustrated, irritated, stressed out, ticked off, impatient and annoyed - ever describe how you feel when you are just doing something because it had to be done?
You wouldn't go to work if you didn't have to.
You wouldn't go to school if you didn't have to.
You wouldn't go to the store if you didn't have to.
You wouldn't do a lot of things, if you didn't have to!
But you do.
Because you have to!
So what do we do when that happens? Follow through with our thoughts? Uh. I'm thinking that may not always be a good idea...for obvious reasons.
The truth of the matter is, we aren't in control of the world around us - but we can control how we respond to it.
We have an incredible opportunity to actually reflect God's light in this world. To represent Him. We can be an example of His love right here! Right now! In the ...
Check out stand
Anywhere where there are people.
Doesn't the Bible say something about...
Working as unto the Lord?
Loving your neighbor?
Loving your enemy?
Of course it does. That and so much more! Excuse me, but if we as Christians, actually applied God's teachings in our everyday lives instead of compartmentalizing our faith and turning it into an exclusive Sunday club, we would be so much more appealing to society - don't you think?
Please don't misunderstand me. Their are many incredible people who love the Lord and are amazing witnesses of His love - but if we step up to the plate, we can increase the number of people who fall into that category... not only that - we will be so much happier!
"Oh great", you may be thinking to yourself. This article is for Christians. I'm not a Christian.
No. These principals apply to everyone. As a Christian, I believe God gives me the power to more easily love people who are difficult to love - if I am choosing to walk in His Spirit - but if that is not where you are at, it's not where you are at. The principals are still true.
When I ask myself how to spend my time it's like setting the "reset" button. Almost every time, my perspective changes. It's absolutely amazing how our thoughts can affect our thinking which affects our emotions and ... voila ... suddenly the things we have to do are not as pressuring as they were a couple of minutes earlier.
Our actions become guided by a deliberate thought process of our making - instead of us feeling controlled by the tyranny of the urgent.
Every time you think about how you are doing, whatever it is that you are doing...you have deliberately chosen to:
Hit the Reset Button !