Are you in a rut? Stuck? Feeling without vision? Feeling like the day to day simply isn’t adventurous enough… I have an answer.
And yes… I’m truly that presumptuous.
Douglas Adams wrote humorous stories about beings wandering the universe, looking for the meaning of it all. They were looking for the answer. In observing my kids, and the way that they bloom the best, I believe that I’ve stumbled across one such answer.
Day to day, my three daughters love to create. They constantly have a stream of designs, cartoons, crafts and life flowing out of them. There’s nary a day that I don’t find one more piece of art declaring their love for me on my desk at home.
But seldom, very seldom do these little ladies make things just for themselves. There is always another motive. In every stroke you’ll usually find the intent of brightening the day of someone near to their little hearts.
Their life is a playground of creativity and gift giving for them to dance and play in.
Can you say that about your life?
I can’t… but I’m sure as hellfire gonna learn.
Let’s take this weekend, for example. These little girls drew, worked on marionettes, started making puppet ideas, and even did some yard work too. Almost all of it, minus the marionettes were things to give and use for the delight of others.
I, however, was exhausted most of the weekend. I had my aspirations of giving myself to learning and playing with the kids. But alas, I found myself a vegetable, struggling to be dragged along for the ride.
At the end of it all, I felt like I’d wasted it away. That is, until we prayed.
Late last night as we talked to God together, my oldest daughter, Aletheia Mercy ( truth and mercy) prayed to our wonderful creator God. “God thank you so much for all of the things we got to do for people this weekend. It was so much fun!”
Her heart was full, and she would lay down to sleep with a clear conscience and a sound heart.
They gave of themselves all weekend. They poured out the love that we pour in to them on everyone around them, in their own little ways.
So here’s the challenge; do you?
Is what you’re doing working for ya?
Last night a young fella came to me, wondering what to do. . . he was stuck, and his mother was pushing for him to look for some answers.
This guy has amazing things inside of him, but instead, he wastes the sweetness inside of him on video games and self-gratification. This particular guy is made for helping little ones. If you knew him, you’d agree.
I’ve seen who he is, but he’s 17 and squandering it. Consequently, he’s miserable. But instead of looking at the real answers, like most 17-year-olds, he looks to finding “more.”
More intense games.
More extreme energy drinks.
More adrenaline rushes.
But it will never be enough. I told him this straight up. “You can be a vampire, or you can be who you’re made to be.”
It’s not the video games. And it’s not enjoying movies and a red bull now and then. It’s living for your own gratification.
“Greater love has no man that he would lay down his life for his friends.”
We know it, but I don’t think that we know just how to live it day in and out.
It’s the small things that give us vision. It’s the teeny little projects of love that drive my little girls to be filled with vision and drive day in and day out.
They have filled their hearts with a desire to see you smile.
May we do the same.
This is the answer. This is the key. This is that kingdom that spreads like little, unremarkable shrubs throughout the whole earth, giving hope, life and vision to all around.
As you finish this, ask yourself, “Am I really happy?”
Yes… No? Well, go visit that sweet lady who’s all alone.
Take out the trash.
Set up a card game with a lonely friend.
Do something, anything, for somebody else.