Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Half-Way Point

Today is the half-way point for 2008. Can you believe it? Half of this year is gone.

It seemed like a trivial fact but kinda cool in it's own way. It's like a mile-marker to let you know how far you have left in this year's journey. (and that you better start Christmas shopping soon)

But, then I really started thinking about it....between the post that David wrote the other day (Movie, 35,000 feet..) and a post that Dave Treat from Willow Creek wrote today (The "Reset" Button), I had to ask myself some real questions:

1. Have I done what I should this year?
2. Have I done it for God's Glory?
3. Would I be satisfied if the year (or the Earth) ended tomorrow?
4. What do I want to do in the 2nd-half of the year?
5. What have I complained about (and probably continue to complain about) that I ABSOLUTELY shouldn't?
6. Have I let the enormous blessings in my life overwhelm me, like they should?

I was a little embarrassed to ask and answer these questions. It was an awesome "reset" button for me.

I have an AWESOME husband, three great kids, lots of extended family, wonderful friends, we are all healthy, we are provided for in every way, and despite losing a car, and a house in Washington State that has not sold or rented, I am still at home with my kids! GOD IS GOOD. Our provision may not always be what we want, but it is always enough. I may have to go back to work in the fall BUT until that day comes, I will cherish a wonderful summer with my kids.

As Matthew 6: 25-34 reminds us:

25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

1 comment:

Elaine said...

For some of us (myself included) it is amazing how the Bible is still very relevant and applicable to today's "life". One must remember what one has to truly appreciate it all.

I think you and I are on the same wavelength of life right now...a state of transition and also a state of reflection.

Do not worry about tomorrow...