Monday, December 28, 2009

An Unexpected Lesson

I’ve heard it said that ‘when the student is ready, the teacher will appear’. So in this last post for 2009 I’d like to share a few words of encouragement from some new theologians that I’ve learned from lately.

A few mornings ago, I found myself captivated by a scene from The Music Man. In the scene, Harold Hill was trying to talk Marian, the town librarian, into take a stroll with him. When she said “not tonight, maybe tomorrow,” Harold Hill replied, “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays. I don't know about you, but I'd like to make today worth remembering.” Hmmm, let that sink in for a few moments. I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of procrastinating…putting off until tomorrow what we could have done today. In fact, Greg and I jokingly say “Let’s plan on that” when we talk about things that we know we just can’t do right now – things like skydiving. (That one I think I might just keep putting off for another day!) But how often do we postpone the joy and blessing that we would receive or give to others by just doing the thing we’ve been putting off.

After having a few days to marinate on the Music Man’s words of wisdom, I was instructed by another unexpected teacher. While watching The Sound of Music, I heard some sage advice that the Reverend Mother told Maria. “You have to look for your life.” Wow, that nun knows her stuff! Let’s hear that again. “You have to look for your life.” Those words of wisdom both encouraged and convicted me at the same time. I thought about all of the times that I was overwhelmed or disappointed that life was not going the way I had expected and yet, I wasn’t proactively pursuing my dreams either. I’d lived so much of my life following other people’s rules or instructions until I finally realized that my hopes and my dreams really do matter! Our dreams may not all come true but they are the driving force that can make us into the people God wants us to become. What are your dreams? Are you ‘looking for your life’?

So as we bring this year to a close, I’d like to leave you with two thoughts. First, allow yourself to receive the most out of each day. That doesn’t mean fill your day with a bunch of stuff or try to cram more into what you’re already doing; it means to receive what the day has for you. Each day is a gift from God and while some days are better than others, all of them have a blessing for us if we’ll look for it. The second thought is to remain teachable. When we are open to hearing from God He’ll speak to us at unexpected times… like during a musical! God speaks to us so often and unfortunately we don’t always take the time to listen. A word from God is always a blessing, so be on the lookout for it!

Be blessed,

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24


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