While scrolling through my Facebook timeline, I see messages of “success.” Most of the stories speed through the difficult times to focus on much happier experiences of living the “dream life.” Even in our everyday conversations with other people, we briefly mention the challenging times and make sure to get to the good moments quickly.
I have the honor of being a part of an accountability sisterhood each Monday morning. We come together, we pray, we share our wins, and we share our challenges. It is pretty awesome! During our call this week, I was reminded of something so significant: being honest with God about how we are doing.
Those in the helping profession can agree that we have a heart for people, sometimes to a fault. We give until we cannot give anymore, feeling that if we aren’t present someone will lose out. There is gnawing guilt if we don’t answer the phone call, the e-mail, the text, the smoke signal (just kidding on the last one) that somehow someone will suffer.
A person who says” no” gets our attention. We aren’t familiar with hearing someone say that they will not do something. We wonder how someone can turn down accepting good things if they don’t agree with their value system.
As a pianist, some of my favorite compositions to play are sonatas. I want to share with you my six-day sonata. I learned (and am learning) some valuable lessons as I continue to recover and recalibrate. As I share with you, find the melody (or wisdom) you need to hear to flow with God in your daily life.
Church, we have a problem! We are experiencing a crisis of epic proportions, and it centers around our values. Do we know what is important to us and prioritize those needs in our daily lives? I cringe when I log into social media and see a leader, obviously worn, do another event. I hurt when I hear leaders say the magnitude of work they have to do, while they continue to take on additional responsibilities they don’t have time for.