Lent. Easter. Missions. Election.
Each moment went by, and I’m left to ponder on what I took from each one. Have I been repentant enough during Lent? Was I victorious in Easter? Have I given enough in our Sunday missions? Did I vote wisely in the election? What’s next?
Sometimes, we go through life watching moments pass us by. We live in the moment yet we forget afterwards. And I do not want that. I want to always have something to go back to and remind me of how it was, whether it was good or bad. If it was bad, it’s a reminder to change and make it better the next time around. If it was good, it’s a reminder of victory, a motivation to do better and an encouragement in times of doubt.
I hope we go through life aware and alive, not living like zombies going from one gesture to another, moment to moment, without investing anything and taking anything from it. Whether we grieve or celebrate, falter or winning, may we always see God’s goodness and faithfulness in every moment we go through. After all, our lives are made of these moments.
Skimming the surface, most of us go through life like this. We see a man cross the street, dropped his coin, went back to pick up his coin and block an incoming car. What a stupid man! On the surface, he values the coin more than his life. How easy it is for us to draw conclusions and pass on judgments on events and people just because of what we see. Going deeper is too complicated, too much effort and such a waste of time. To ask “maybe”, to consider for a split second and to ponder about this man’s life – too much! Yet, this man has a story, his coin has a story, his crossing the street has a story – or maybe, it’s simply just that, he just wanted to cross the street, dropped the coin and decided he loves the coin more than his life – stupid man. Or what about the driver of the incoming car? The hustle and bustle of life, the busy-ness that we have plunged ourselves into, has made us skim surfaces and move on without taking a second look, without having second thoughts. Like the wind passing through a tree, blowing the leaves off their branches without looking back, leaving the tree and leaves with their own stories.
Stop and smell the flowers. Slow down and appreciate life. Skimming the surface makes you miss out on the beauty of an ice cream cake stuffed with your favorite fruits and flavors. It doesn’t hurt to go deeper, to look beyond – there’s always so much more than what meets the eye.
Be quick to consider and slow to judge.
It’s always better to see that we are undeserving and yet loved and getting what we do not deserve than to feel we are worthy and oblige the world to do our will, step on people somewhere in the process and see that we are truly undeserving. The effects on both situations, I’ll always go for gratitude over disappointment.
How do you tell which one should be on top of your priority list? I am seriously asking, just, how do you decide? What considerations do you make to know which one should be first?
I always go for my gut feel or indulge myself to what I want, which I know isn’t the best thing to do, cos often, what I want isn’t what I need to do. I want to sleep but I need to finish a work, for example… what I’d do – I’d sleep! ((: I’m sure I’ll get enough time for work, I do not have enough time for sleep. My reasoning!
It took me quite a while to learn to ask the right questions and to weigh stuff so I can prioritise well. Not rightly or correctly because there isn’t a right or correct way, in my opinion, on how priorities should be set. We are a diverse set of people, we have different needs, different wants, different sets of thinking. But whenever I am really caught in a dilemma and the Continue reading