One guy's thoughts on life, love, faith and his world

Friday, October 13, 2017

Life is like a box of chocolates... Sort of

Forrest Gump was partially correct when he uttered those famous words – “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”  The detail that Mr. Gump neglected to let us know however, is sometimes you get one of those chocolates and it isn’t exactly the surprise you were hoping for.

It hasn’t been the easiest of days as of late.  It is a very difficult thing to have to look in the mirror regarding mistakes that have been made and while it is necessary for all of us to do, so we can learn and grow, it certainly does not make the exercise any less difficult.

Life is going to be easy, said no one ever.  The fact of the matter is, we are all dealing with something.  What is small to one person may be big to another.  At the end of the day, everyone is dealing with something because no one on this earth is perfect.  The fact that we all struggle at times – fairly or unfairly -  is simply a part of life. 

Consider being the hand that reaches out to someone in need, whether you know that individual’s situation or not.  What you consider small may be something very big to another person.  In my experience, I’ve come to find that most times it helps me even more than the person I’m attempting to help.  These are the things that help build His kingdom here on earth. 

Do your best to have fun along the way and keep trying those chocolates in the box from time to time, even if you get one you don’t like.  That’s called life. 

Because if you keep trying, sooner or later, you’re going to find that one chocolate that is just your taste.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tasks, Elephants and Lunches

Have you ever felt like you know a task must be tackled, but you’re just not sure where to begin?

Maybe the task is a big one – an important presentation at work say.  Perhaps it is not as big but still needs to get done, like mowing the lawn.  The task could even be a necessary evil such as making lunches for your children so they can eat at school the next day (making lunches – the bane of my existence).

The situation can get murkier when multiple tasks need to get accomplished.  The circumstances can get even more daunting when you don’t know where one starts and the other ends.  Before you know it, your head feels like it is going to explode! It begs the question…

How does one eat an elephant?!?!

The simple answer – one bite at a time.

We, as human beings, have the uncanny ability to make ourselves feel bad about ourselves when we don’t get everything done RIGHTNOW.  Part of it is societal nature with a never-ending news cycle, part of it is the constant demand of social media posts and buzzing phones, but I’d venture to say most of it is just human nature – people being people.

To keep our heads from spinning constantly, it is imperative to find time to take a break every so often.  And if we can’t find time to take a break, we must make time to rest.  Even the good Lord rested when He created the universe and well, if it is good enough for Him then it is for sure good enough for us.

Be careful not to confuse peace with boredom lest that guilty feeling of not getting everything done can quickly creep back in.  We have heard all of them before - “Stop and smell the roses”; “Life is a journey, not a destination”; “Take a step back”.  There’s a reason people came up with quotes like this.

So, don’t forget to take a break occasionally.  Find joy in both the little and big things.  We only get one shot at life and not only is it important, it is healthy.

Besides, that’s what they make lunch money for.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mistakes, Growth and Cookbooks

I’ve heard it said the greatest cooks in the world have made the most mistakes at their craft.

If that is the case, I must be Julia Child.

Last week, I wrote a bit on forgiveness.  Quite often, the prerequisite for forgiveness is a mistake, but there is a wonderful opportunity for growth when a mistake is made.  The key is to take action to learn from the mistake and grow from it.

I can own the best cookbook ever written.  But if I never open it up and learn it….. Well, I’m still going to be hungry. 

A friend of mine once told me that it isn’t a mistake the first time, it is a learning experience.  I’ll take it a step further because some of us can be a bit hard-headed every so often.  We may even make the same mistake multiple times before we fully learn the lesson.  However, if we are trying to take action and the learning process begins to take place, we are headed in the right direction.

Sometimes, it takes a few tries with a recipe to get it right.  Truth be told, there may be some recipes that we continually trip over time and again.  That’s okay though, as long as we are still trying to learn from the mistakes and are still in the kitchen trying our best. 

Thankfully, we are and always will be but a Sous Chef.  The Master Chef is lovingly watching over us, teaching us, guiding us.  He gives us the ingredients, recipes and tools to get it right no matter how long it takes because the Master Chef knows we will all make mistakes and is patient.  He gives us the cookbook.

It’s up to us to open it.