The Lakers are better than that…they’ve shown us. Just like when someone doesn’t meet expectations, you get disappointed. Especially because you know that they can do better because they’ve shown you. Doesn’t mean you don’t care, doesn’t mean you don’t believe. You’re just disappointed.
But, it’s a brand new day. Fix it. Work on it. And move forward.
It seems like everyone’s posts these days are about venting…that’s cool, yo. Even youth ministers get frustrated. =P
HOWEVER, what do we do with that frustration? Do we take it out on others? Do we hold it in? Both aren’t healthy options. Isn’t it often said that we’re not a people of joy anymore? Let’s fix that shall we.
I recently went to a conference and the first session I was in was called, “You Want Me To Be Good ALL DAY?”. Intrigued by just the title of the session, I started to reflect on how often I use that phrase (or a similar version of it). For me, sometimes it comes in the form of “Why now, God? Why not later?” or “Why me?” or “Don’t I deserve something good?”
As I thought about it more, the session answered all my questions and allow me to share what they shared with me - The 5 Essential Strategies for a Truly Joyful Life.
K…well, I think this post is too long right now. I might have lost your attention when I said “Let’s fix it shall we”. =P If I haven’t, THANK YOU for reading. I’ll continue with the rest at a later time but I hope and pray that you’ll be able to practice/remember these two strategies.
Lord, help me to accept my cross as humbly & obediently as you did.
Now that I hopefully have gotten your attention…please allow me to share that I’ve been having a beautiful Advent. Well, a very hopeful & beautiful Advent.
Very fittingly, my theme for the year has been “HOPE IN GOD’S PROMISE 2010” and ever since I heard Father Eugene’s talk on Advent (if you weren’t there, don’t worry, I have a whole recap of it – just let me know if you want it), I’ve fallen even more in love with HOPE this Advent Season. Also fitting is our theme for the UTC Winter Retreat – “Beautiful Struggle”, focusing on the HOPE and joy that can come from our own struggles.
I could never really wrap my hands around what HOPE was until this year. It is that light at the end of the tunnel. Even better, it’s the anticipation of our greatest desires. I don’t think we take enough time to really think about that. So do that now…and I’m not talking about, my greatest desire is new shoes or an XBOX or an iPhone. I’m talking about digging a little deeper, shoveling past the material stuff and looking at what you really desire. So stop reading this and write them down. I’ll wait.
*Cue Jeopardy music -doo doo doo doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo doo doo doo, doo, da-doo doo doo…doo….doo. bum bum.*
Did you do it? Don’t lie to me, I can tell if you did. I know everything! Hahah, just kidding. Or am I? Dun dun dun!
Anyway, I really hope you did do it. To make things easier and to show that I am in complete solidarity with you, here’s my list.
There are probably more if I dig a little deeper, but this is what I could come up with for now. It’s a pretty decent list, no? Anyway, so this is what I’m hoping for. And I learned that Advent is a time to hope for your greatest desires because if you look up James 1:17, he says that all good things come from God. And I believe that what I desire for and what mostly everyone desires for are good things, no? Joy, hope, peace, love, faith….
So HOPE IN GOD’S PROMISE, especially this Advent season, cause honestly, like FORREAL TO THE MAX, that is what has made a lot of my struggles beautiful.
Blessings to you and your family this season.
I can’t wait to do the post 2010 blog entry.