Do you ever find yourself on your knees, crying out to God for wisdom and patience when, all of the sudden, out of nowhere, you realize-- there's chocolate in the pantry and both boys are napping. Tell me that I'm not the only one.
There are so many times that I feel pulled in different directions. (I realize a chocolate craving doesn't fully necessitate a true 'pull'. Okay, wait. Have you tried Trader Joe's Sea Salt + Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds? Because those actually do have the power to pull me away from something.) It's especially difficult when I feel that a lot of those 'directions' are good ones. I'm not going to sit here and say: get off Facebook, delete your Instagram account, throw away your television and don't you dare join Vine. What I will tell you is this: let's ask God to give us the understanding for what really matters in this life and how to balance those things, too. I pray often that I would be able to grab ahold of that. To cry out to Jesus, chocolate-laced breath and all, and ask for wisdom and success in the things that really do matter. For myself, last year's study of Romans fundamentally changed or challenged my thinking on many of these ideas. I'm thinking about double dipping in Romans. Anyone want to join me?
As I passed through my dining room yesterday afternoon, I noticed the late afternoon shadows and two little matchbox cars leftover from the morning's play. I couldn't help but stop and think about how quickly my time is passing with my boys and how much I dearly want to make the most of it. But I get weary and discouraged. And so, as I sit here writing, I'm praying for you. And me. I'm praying that God would help us to succeed at the things in life that really do matter. Soli Deo gloria.
p.s. This is the second installation of Heart Art for this year. I have been so challenged by Francis Chan's quote, "our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter". I chose a simple olive wreath, the highest prize of the ancient Greek olympics to symbolize 'importance'. This watercolor/calligraphy print will be available in my Etsy shop for $12.95 + shipping.