These Simple Truths

Imagery is a great way to describe the human experience: hurricanes in our hearts; life’s a roller coaster ride; riding the waves; days feel like a merry-go-round, up and down and going nowhere. There are many more, I’m sure, but even this handful of examples depict a pattern of movement, uncertainty and a degree of chaos; truly what we encounter in life, is it not?

As I strive to keep my balance in this topsy-turvy world of which I am a resident, it is the simple truths to which I grip. The Bible tells me to be a faithful steward of what is entrusted to me, to mind my own business, and to live in a way that encourages others to worship God. I want to be a catalyst for good change in my community; I want to move mountains for the causes closest to my heart; I want to publish a book that will be read for generations to come. I don’t know if any of those things will happen, but I do know that there are many things I can do today that I won’t ever regret doing.

I will not regret:

  • Nurturing house plants in every room.
  • Growing wildflowers with my children.
  • Lighting a candle at dinner time.
  • Developing music appreciation in my children.
  • Reading books every day- alone or with my family.
  • Sipping tea.
  • Praying with my husband.
  • Giving generously.
  • Responding to anger with gentleness.
  • Putting forth the extra effort to bake bread from scratch or making a hot, 3-course meal for my family.
  • Maintaining a simple housekeeping routine that even my children can follow.
  • Joining in playing pretend.
  • Laughing
  • Hugging
  • Crying when the tears need to flow.
  • Going outside and gazing heavenward.

This morning I read Ephesians 4:17-32. It was completely applicable for today’s culture: the ignorance, the anger, the hearts hardened towards God. But the culture doesn’t dictate how I must live. I am still called to hold to the simple truths of Christlikeness that are timeless in their relevancy.

About wordvessel

Aloha! This blog is a window into the active mind of a wife, mother, woman and individual. I may be busy every moment of every day, but I still have time to think. Many seasons have blossomed and faded within my life, and this blog has endured through all of them. It is safe to say that my writing has matured because of them. I hope that you will be inspired to think in fresh ways as you read my writing. To Jesus be all the glory.
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