I love Mondays this semester because I have no classes. So my day starts with laundry and breakfast, a run & functional training, a quiet lunch and paint. This afternoon was sunny and windy… the perfect day for fair trade coffee at Zumie’s and heartfelt conversation with a great girl! God is good and I am reminded of that on days like today, even with stress and questions and suffering in our midst and on our minds.
27. A quote that I try to live by
I feel like it would be cheating to just say “the Bible” and God’s greatest command- to love the Lord with all my heart, mind and soul & love my neighbor as myself (which means learning to love myself well so I can better serve & love others). That is definitely one. But let me share with you something that pushes myself to be the best person in Christ that I can be.
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.'” ~ Erma Bombeck
This lady is worth googling, by the way. She was funny and witty and that is what she was and is known for. But this statement is solid. As a young woman of faith this encourages me and challenges me on two major levels: first, it acknowledges that I have gifts and talents that God has equipped me with. I am not “giftless”. Second, these gifts are meant to be used in and for His creation. I do not want to take for granted the life that the Lord has given me, even when I want to punch my life in its hypothetical face. All too often I get comfortable. I don’t want to do the hard things that require emotional spiritual and physical exertion. But I don’t want to get to the end of my life and have the Lord look at me and not see life of service and commitment- and with that, yes, many hardships. I want to have painted my heart & brains out, have my love scattered across the world in canvas, paint and words. More than wanting things, I think that I am called to live a life that pours myself into the world around me. Then it is the Lord filling me up, using me, seeping through me into His creation and using every bit of talent, strength, joy & perseverance. And I could say that I used everything you gave me because YOU, Lord, used me.