Courage and Chaos

Dear family and the friends who read this post:

I’ve been away from blogging for too many days. Let’s just say that life got in the way. Nothing major — just other commitments, family activities, overhauling my family’s nutrition basics.

The real reason is that in the chaos of daily suburban life — between the soccer and  basketball practices and games, Girl Scouts, cooking lean and healthful meals, walking the dog, preparing taxes and a million other distractions — I made some errant detours from God. Nothing horrific, but I neglected my daily prayer and Bible study, couldn’t get to church, and may have done a few things that He didn’t want me to do. So the words dried up and I claimed I did not have time for writing. What I didn’t have was the courage to do what I know I should do.

The chaos is the competition for my time and focus. How much time for blogging, working on the book proposal, searching for a part-time job? How much time tackling home organization projects, catching up with friends and personal upkeep to look presentable at a wedding? This is truly minor stuff — it’s not like I am one of the Fairfax County Search and Rescue members dropping everything to help our brothers and sisters in the terrible devastation in Japan. Nevertheless, lack of focus brings me to immobilization. Not a good thing and certainly a waste of time.

Our pastor, Tom Berlin of Floris United Methodist Church, gave another of his knock-out sermons this past Sunday. It was on courage and he reminded us that courage is the foundation of transformation. Another zinger, “if you don’t have courage you have high needs for the status quo.” And finally, a reminder that to move into the zone of giving Him lordship over our life requires courage.

And just to be certain I got the message (and I believe that the Lord knows I need to be hit between the eyes on a regular basis) here was the scheduled reading I had in the Bible this morning. It’s from 2 Corinthians 8: 10-11, “And in this I give advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago; but now you also must complete the doing of it..”

Thank you, Lord, for such a personal reminder straight from your word. My prayer today is that we can all have the courage to do what He is leading us to do and the courage to tame the chaos in our daily lives.

With blessings and kind regards to you all.


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