Nothing quite as lovely…
…as a restful Sunday afternoon. It’s rainy in the heart of MK country today. The “Home” CD by Michael Buble’ that’s playing in the background perfectly fits my mood and the ambience in this household today.
What about you? What recharges and nurtures your soul? Is it meeting a friend for coffee? Worshipping at church? Reading to your children or grandchildren? A quiet evening all to yourself? (Finding the best deal ever on the clearance rack?)
As women, we are called upon to meet the needs and demands of so many around us. We tirelessly nurture and care for others with genuine compassion. And while we are perfectly equipped to do so, it’s sometimes easy to lose our perspective or purpose in the everyday mundane of work, dishes, diapers and therapy phone calls.
Many times, our weakness and downright exhaustion we encounter, as our bodies take the toll of daily duties, can lead us to question our very purpose for existence. We can hardly remember “why” we got into this in the first place. (Whose idea was it to have these kids??) And who are we, anyway? Our identity seems to have been lost in the shuffle and filed away with last year’s tax refund.
Sometimes then, we fall into a sort of musing pout, longing to “find” ourselves again. In fact, it’s very tempting to get caught up in a search for meaning, and eventually, even leading to a sort of self-serving obsession. But looking for validation from those around us only brings disappointment: we’re seeking for something permanent from beings that are finite and temporal (two big words that basically mean faulty and short-lived). In short, if we count on others to fulfill our basic emotional need for meaning and value, we will end up hurting and confused – worse off than when we started this “quest”.
These musings themselves are one of the things that set us apart as human beings, however. They point us up and away from the everyday distractions that make up every part of our lives in the 21st century. The radio, T.V., computer, and other forms of media keep us from thinking and meditating on who we are as humans and why we have been put on this earth. When we don’t take the time to shut down and recharge and “muse”, we lose sight of our real purpose. In some cases this can even lead to depression and worse.
It’s vital that we stop and remind ourselves of our “why”, regaining our perspective. As a Bible-believing Christian, I recognize that humans are made in the image of God. Acknowledging this value does bring a sense of responsibility, for it compels us to reciprocate. Once we comprehend that our value is intrinsic and not dependent on outside affirmations, we can care for and serve those around us with the contentment we once pursued. This is truly liberating! We are free to fulfill our individual purpose. Everything we work toward seems more attainable, our zeal is fresher. Physical and emotional fatigue does not set our moods, as it once did, for we remember that it is just a temporary side effect caused by our efforts toward something greater than ourselves. Surely every part of our lives – including the pursuit of goals – is best viewed in the light of our God-given meaning.
Go out and make it a Million-Dollar Day!
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