Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Day 2: One Column, Coming Right Up

I sat down this afternoon and wrote my Bee Fruitful column for the Louisiana Missionary Baptist Institute & Seminary.  I've been a columnist with them for nearly 3 years now.  This may not be my best work, but it reflects where I am right now.  Hope you enjoy:

Bee Fruitful:  Ordinary Days

It’s November already and the date itself turns our minds to the topic of thankfulness.  The quote on my daily calendar states, “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”  Aristotle penned those thoughts and I’d like to modify it to say, “In all things there is something of the marvelous.”  We don’t have to limit it to nature. 
The Christian life, as we experience it here on Earth, has numerous ups and downs.  Even our best day isn’t as good as heaven will be and our worst day certainly won’t touch eternal fire and brimstone.  Some days seem just ordinary and we get through them with the hope of something more.  Sometimes we can define what we wish our “more” to be.  Perhaps it’s the relief of finally paying off the mortgage or car note.  Perhaps it’s enrolling a kindergartener or graduating a senior.  It could be as simple as an “up front” parking place at Wal-Mart on a rainy day or just ONE day with no problems and complications…a day that runs strictly by Plan A.
I don’t know about you, but my life doesn’t run quite in that fashion.  I’m glad the alphabet has 25 more letters, because Plan A is usually scrapped by (and that’s when I get up at ).  I’m learning that goals are accomplished, milestones reached and still we have a wanting for more. 
John states, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”   I’m on the cusp of realizing that too often I allow that thief to destroy my inner peace with external issues that are of little or no consequence to me.  I’m not accountable for the speech or actions of others and to allow them to influence me just allows him to win.  I’m learning to find the marvelous in the little things.  I’m finding it in the simple quiet of home after a long day at work, in the vibration of my cat’s purr, in the soapy warmth of dish water.  When I focus on Christ, His abundance makes even the most ordinary things somehow seem marvelous…and for that, I am thankful.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Day 1: Almost a Complete Failure

Day 1 is nearly over and I've written nothing.  Let me take that back, I've chatted with friends for about an hour on Facebook...which could be interpreted as writing.  I've scanned Pinterest for things I like, but will never make.  I found this sign:

So.  How do I quantify spending my life surfing the Internet?  Now that I'm barely keeping my eyes open, I can think of 1400 things I could have done tonight instead of surf aimlessly, including writing a column I owe to my editor.  However, cultivating new and maintaining old friendships is certainly not a waste of time. 

Back to writing.  I wrote a shopping list for Wal-Mart in the morning.  Why don't I just make it simple and have my check direct-deposited to their account?  I thought of letters and cards I need to write.  I thought of all the inspirational quotes I saw on Pinterest and sighed with appreciation, smiled with humor, and laughed at the sarcasm I'd never be brave enough to say aloud. 

Okay - took a break to foray into Pinterest and read the latest Yahoo news.  Perhaps I need an intervention.  Tomorrow I'm going to get my book of writing prompts and write SOMETHING...and I promise to post it here so I'll be accountable.