October 12, 2011 in Simple Religion
I have been reminded from everywhere lately. Books, worship, other blogs, friends. What really matters? I want to simplify my life, and I am working at it and praying for it, but I get stressed out easily.
- Kids waking up to early and making lots of noise
- Figuring out balanced, healthy food my kids (or hubby) will eat
- Not starting school on time
- Not having school planed for the day as much as I would like
- Kids goofing off and not working on school work
- Messy house
- Computer not working
- Husband getting home late
- Kids fighting
- Guilt over loosing my patience and frustration with not being able to ‘grow’ some
It is so easy to get wrapped up in all the stress-mess and end up hanging on the edge of a breakdown. But, what keeps hitting me over and over the last few weeks is perspective. What really matters. I wanted to write out some basic life perspectives that I have been learning.
I suck, you suck, we all suck
All those kids on the playground were right. The Bible tells us we all suck. Romans 3:23. We don’t even know what ‘not-sucking’ looks like or how to get there. ……The good part for those struggling with self-esteem is that everybody sucks. We all suck bad, but we all suck just as bad
God loves us even though we suck
The craziest concept in the world. More crazy than we can figure out. More crazy than any fairy tale. God wants to save us. This will never make sense because it doesn’t fit into a human ‘world-view’ or understanding. It is just something that we have to accept. The reason isn’t because we ‘don’t suck that bad’ (see above).
God knows what ‘not-sucking’ looks like AND He doesn’t want us to suck
He can tell us, show us, and help us not suck. This is exciting, because I don’t want to suck. Romans 6:15. The fact that I can’t change my ‘sucking’ is so freeing. No matter how hard I try, what books I read, what self-control I can muster, what self-help theories I practice, I can’t stop.
This world sucks
Don’t let this come to you as a surprise. This world is not fair, and has lots of bad, sucking people in it. Gods world doesn’t suck and we will like it there (as long as we don’t want to suck… if we like sucking then we probably like our sucky world).
Our future doesn’t have to suck
Our future on this earth doesn’t have to suck. With God’s guidance and help we can start NOT being sucking now. God also has an awesome ‘world’ to take us too where we won’t even remember what suckiness is, only that we were saved from it, and that it…. sucks.
This is exciting. Basically the feeling that I can’t be a good enough parent, (or anything else in my life) is right. That is a relieve. The great thing is that, without doing anything to deserve it, God can and will help me. God is all that matters and all I need to focus on. Focused on Him the other stressors don’t make much of a difference. Amen and Hallelujah!