Changed into His Image by Jim Berg
Choosing Your Best
I have had many times through out all the respiratory infections unable to not only breath easily, but also unable to speak. Through these times I not haven’t had a voice above a whisper. So I have to choose very carefully the things I need to say since I can’t say it all. I also have paper and pen but I still don’t write as fast as I could talk. It is very limiting. But also, I am limited to the necessary. My children have been wonderful about pitching in together and meals, housework. They have brought me tea, water, books and movies. But I have looked at the superfluous that I have been doing. When it is hard to breathe; many, many things are unnecessary. So I am looking for what changes I need to be making. Where do I need to cut and what?
Life goes on at it’s own pace whether we do or not. I have had a lot of health problems this summer, again. My children have been tremendous helps with all the extra chores and cooking that I have not been able to keep pace with. Some days I have more energy than others. One of the hardest things for me is pacing myself. I tend to flat out run until I can’t and find that is no longer a possibility. So I have been pondering what God is teaching me and my family through this.
Because even though I am the one who is ill, my family bares a lot of the brunt of the effects. I do not have the stamina so have had so I am having to be more careful in the choices I am making. Good, better, best has new meaning when you know that only is not only the best choice but physically possible. If I can only read for a little while without going hoarse, you can bet I am trying to choose the best book and not just a good one. I love to cook, and I love to make elaborate meals too but if I am too tired afterward to visit with my family and hold an intelligent conversation, a simpler meal is the best choice. Besides, all meals look fancy by candlelight. So, daily, hourly, I find myself seeking God for His best instead of my best and I think that is what I needed all along.
Choices: Good, Better, Best
When you go into a store they have listings for items; good, better and best. We have those same choices. But so many times we fall into a pattern or a rut and just do what we have always done. So God has given me this time to evaluate the good, better or best in my life and I am planning some changes. I want things in my life, my husbands, life and my children’s lives that will stir up a thirst for God, that will cause them to pursue Him and represent Him all of our lives and I am willing to do whatever I can to change that. Examine your life, don’t wait for God to take you in hand so you are dependant on Him for your next breath. (We are anyway but you don’t have to sound like Darth Vader doing so.) Ask Him where you need to change, what priorities are only good and not the best for you and your family. What is the best?