Monday, June 24, 2013

Why ‘The Meaning in the Moment’?

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You might be thinking that question isn’t really that hard to answer. I’m far from the first or the last person for which this has or will be a guiding principle – to recognize and truly experience the full meaning in every moment of life.  But there’s a bit more to it for me.

Anybody who has known me for more than five minutes knows that focus is not my strong suit. I get distracted by… well, by pretty much anything really. I chase so many rabbit trails while sitting in meetings, lessons, and conversations that you could start calling me Elmer Fudd.

Now, it’s not all bad. To be honest, in many ways it is a blessing to be able to jump from one thought to the next and, on the flip side, to get drawn in by even the most seemingly mundane of things. In other words, my inability to focus has helped me experience a wonderful variety of those moments that I’m interested in, and I am extremely grateful for this. In fact, some of my most personally significant insights have come as a result of chasing one of the rabbits I mentioned earlier. No, recognizing the moments has never really been the problem. It’s what happens when I catch sight of those moments that are at issue here.

When you never stop to focus on these moments, you will lose out on seeing the deeper meaning there.

How much deeper might those insights have been, how much more impact on my life might they have had, had I taken the time and effort needed to really focus on those moments and draw out the full meaning they had to offer? I have been living life as a series of exclamation points, but in doing so, have I missed out on the words (i.e. the actual meaning) in between?

And that’s where this blog comes in. This blog is one of the ways by which I mean to find focus in my life – to have the words and the exclamation points together. The nice thing is that I can already see some fruits of this coming through. Can’t wait to see where we go from here! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Erin ~

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Brand New Blog… Kind of Scared!

Hi! Welcome to my blog!

This is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a little while now, but the thought of writing a blog honestly terrified me. Why would anyone want to listen to me talk day after day? Do I really have that much to say? And what could I possibly add to the conversation in this wonderful world of blogging that could make it worth it for the readers that I hope will be joining me on this ride?

And then I thought back to why I wanted to do this in the first place. I have been blessed with so much in my life, so many opportunities that have taught me so much and still have so much to teach me. God has given me all of these things for a reason, and that is certainly not for me to hold all these lessons in for myself. He has given them to me so that I can learn and grow and glorify Him in my life. And that’s what this blog is about – How can I best make use of the blessings God has given me for His glory?

It’s about good stewardship.

And that brings me back to the fear. Funny transition, right? Not really when you consider that one of the more well-known parables of Jesus, the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30), has a great deal to do with stewardship, fear, and the intersection of the two. What drove the one talent man to hide the money in the ground? Fear.

As I was considering this passage the other day, a sad thought struck me…

Who knows what that man could have accomplished if he hadn’t been too afraid to try?

He could have done exactly what he was afraid of and lost his master’s money. But he also could have found success. Who knows?

And who knows what I might have been able to accomplish all those times when I allowed fear to hinder me in working in any way I could for my Lord? In the end, it’s really not about what I can or cannot accomplish… It’s GOD “who gives the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:5-7). This is the same God that promised that His word will always achieve that which He intends for it to achieve (Isaiah 55:10-11). All I need to do is to be faithful in presenting His word so that His will can be fulfilled.

So that’s my intent for this blog – to share the things that God has so graciously allowed me to learn in the day to day moments of my life, with the hope that maybe somebody out there reading it will find something within that can help them as well. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Erin ~