Thursday, September 16, 2010

Good Morning,
I pray that the day is finding you well.

I am being led to walk through another work.
There has been a lot of discussion around seats and buses lately. Mostly regarding finding the right seat on the right bus so that both the individual and the organization can become greater than the sum of its parts. I also know people that are in transition. Both conversations create a level of fear, fear of the unknown. I prefer to look at both as opportunities. I am reminded of the movie “City Slickers.” The movie, a mid 1980’s flick about a group of men all going through a mid-life crisis that go to a dude ranch to “find themselves.” During one of the scenes one of the men is talking about how he is going through a divorce and the fear of everything. Billy Crystal tells him, “Remember when we were kids and were playing basketball, if you missed a shot you would call ‘do over.’ This is a do over.”

While we may not be going through a divorce or other traumatic event, the essence is the same. We all have an opportunity to “check-in.” So many times what we say we are is not want we do. So many people are making their life’s work that is not their own but in fact someone else’s wishes. Palmer states:

Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let you life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent.
Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak, (San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons, 2000), 3.

Is your life’s truths and values matching what you want it to? Or is it time for a “do-over?”

My prayer for today is that we all take time to settle down and center in and sit quietly listening for God’s instruction for our lives. He has a purpose for us all. In living His purpose, fulfillment and contentment comes naturally. It may not be easy; in fact it may be downright hard. But God’s peace will prevail.


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