Be unreasonable.

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him. The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

-George Bernard Shaw

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Look.

I have various places on the web where I save things I would like to keep for reference, notably:

  • Pinterest
    {Where in addition to “re-pinning,” I save blog posts or other articles with a picture I like}
  • Delicious
    {Where I am able to categorize the subject of an article/blog post, so I can easily search for something when I need it.  Also for things not necessarily “Pinterest” or “Share to Facebook” worthy.}

But sometimes my desire to “save” something for reference also includes wanting to make sure others see it.  I love this post by one of my dear friends, and I hope you will do.  It is a great reminder written in a simple way.

Funny, how the simplest things can have the most profound impact, huh?

Look
 
It seems at times the very way I should set my gaze is the very place I don’t look. 
 
The very One I don’t look to. 
 
The innate tendency to look for the answers, meanwhile HE is the answer. 
 
I look at my circumstances when He is 
The One who sits above them. 
The One who has the power to change them. 
The One whose Name is above it all. 
 
I look at my surroundings and try to figure out a way to change things forgetting that my heart is changed when I look to Him. 
 
So, I look up. 
 
To the One whose thoughts 
are higher than I could ever see. 
 
To the One who is 
intimately acquainted with me. 
 
To the One Who loves unconditionally. 
 
I look up. 
To Jesus. 
I look up.

{Originally posted by Jennifer Roth.}

Saying yes to your children.

Although I have thousands, if not millions, of thoughts spiraling constantly in my head, I am often most inspired by the various blogs I read daily.   (They come in through my email.)  I will post a quote from one that really resonated with me.  {Something I will be doing more of, as I’ll explain in a later post.}

“Once I decided that my children were God’s best will for my life, I saw all of my life through this grid. So when I went through my day, in general, if an interruption came into my life, since my “grid” said, “My children are my decided and valued priority,” then I could say yes to my children and put the other non-essential things aside because it did not fit with my priorities. The other tasks and goals in my life are secondary to the plans I have made to keep the Lord, my children and my husband first.”

-Sally Clarkson, Cultivating Kindred Spirits and Choosing Priorities

{Originally posted by Sarah Mae.}

This quote struck me, as many do by the lovely Sally Clarkson, because there is often a guilt I feel when I put my mommy foot down and say no to things I’m asked to do or am unwilling to bend on a matter I know does not fit our family right now.  It is only recent months, as I’ve read more and more Godly commentary and, of course, scripture, that I understand my husband and then my son are my ministry; they are my first priorities.  I need to filter the things I say “yes” to carefully to ensure I am giving those two men–one big; one little–my very best.  The reality is, and the point that has been pricking me to the core over and over since about September, is that they get my leftovers.  They get tired wife/mommy, don’t bother me wife/mommy, get it yourself wife/mommy.  And don’t get me wrong, there are days I will be sick or sad and just need them to tend to themselves.  But the negative responses don’t belong in my household if my tiredness and any feelings of being overwhelmed are caused by me trying to be a people pleaser.

No, my boys deserve better than that.  I will have my husband for whatever lifetime God gives us on this earth (not that this takes away from the importance of working on our marriage in the here and now), but my boy has a finite amount of time in my care, and that needs to be my motivation.  That is where my attention needs to be.  And it especially needs to be on my marriage because that little boy is watching.

He is watching and he is internalizing how he will one day treat his future mate.

So, much like the title of my blog, I need to live a life well done.

I need to prioritize my boys.

But more than anything, I need to do it and will do it to glorify the One who gave me this life to live well.

Join me in saying yes to your child (and spouse).  It is a commitment you will never regret.