We Want, and then We Want

You know, it’s funny that it is our natural, human inclination to focus with laserlike precision on the very things that we want but don’t have, believe we deserve but have yet to grasp, seek with fervor only to be left empty handed.

When we are not in a relationship it seems as though everywhere we turn we see couples, living, breathing advertisements and previews of that elusive situation in which we imagine ourselves to one day be. We crave it, long for it, and allow our desire for it to fill us to near expulsion of our sanity.

When we are in a relationship it seems as though we can never find enough “me time,” space, or whatever convenient descriptor that we think to use to indicate our need for separation, even in a temporary and healthy sense.

We want what we don’t have, and just like that we elevate what we don’t have to a greater level of importance and value than the treasure for which we once fought, sacrificed, and prayed so hard to possess. We shift our focus, and in so doing we relinquish our peace, choosing instead to embrace a false sense of lack. 

That’s right. False. Why false? Because the reality is that the sense of lack that we experience is one of perspective rather than a tangible, reality in which we are immersed. It’s a shift in perspective. Just. Like. That.

The good thing about a shift in perspective, though, is that we can shift it back. Now, because we are all individuals that process of shifting our perspective back will look different, and for some it may be easier done than it is for others. But for each and every one of us it always begins with a choice, an active decision to face the reality of the situation, decide what we truly want and value, and then move in that direction. The choice is ours. May we choose well. #lovebythedrop

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Today’s Gem of Insight #159

Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that today is the perfect day to make God smile. We spend enough time doing things our own way, with ourselves and our loved ones in mind. Is what we are doing going to benefit us? Our families? Our friends? The companies for which we work? Our church? And is what we are doing going to make us happy?

And those are only some of the hundreds, even thousands of questions that flood our minds on a daily basis. But in all of that thinking, do we ever think about how what we are doing is going to affect God? Sure, sometimes we do, especially when we do something that we know displeases Him. As a matter of fact, it’s probably in those situations that we are the most aware of how our behavior affects Him. We realize that we have messed up, and somehow our messing up puts our focus squarely on Him, if only for a few moments sadly.

Yet, we tend to often go throughout the majority of our days with our focus devastatingly fractured despite lifting a prayer here and there.

And really, I can’t speak for you. But I can speak for myself. Though I do think of God more throughout the day than I used to – taking moments to thank Him, to pray for others or myself, to talk to Him about whatever is on my mind – I don’t usually think about whether or not what I am saying, thinking, or doing is bringing a smile to His face.

I  mean, after all, He created all of the emotions, and He created us, knowing full and well what bumbling, stumbling, creatures we would become as a result of our own choices, which I must admit, probably does cause Him to shake His head sometimes, because even though He knows all, part of Him still thinks “wow, they really did do that…they did.”

And given the way that some of the things that we say, think, and do crack us up, I find it hard to believe that He doesn’t crack a smile at least once in a while. And the thought of that excites me. And it makes me wonder. If. I. Make. Him. Smile. I hope that I do. And on That Day, when I stand before Him and the evidence of my life is reviewed and weighed, may there be remnants of gentle moments when He smiled and thought “Yep, she is mine.” #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Insight #139

Challenging-a-Statement-of-TruthToday’s insight journey led me to the idea that the truth is always revealed. Sometimes we may find ourselves wondering whether or not a truth that we are guarding will remain secret. Oftentimes, though, what we find ourselves wondering is whether or not a truth that someone else is guarding will be made known, especially if the sequestering of that truth has a negative affect on us and our lives in any way, shape, kind, or form.

Well, the answer is that the truth, whether guarded by us or someone else, will always be revealed, and knowing that will either bring us comfort or concern. We should remember this every time that we make decisions and act on them. If we base our decisions and actions on things that we are at peace with and can live with, then knowing that the truth is always revealed will bring us comfort. Doing the opposite, though, will likely bring us concern. The choice is ours. #lovebythedrop