Monday, September 27, 2010

Seen and Unseen

In the last week, I've been challenged with wanting more. I know I named this blog, living for more, but honestly, this week, I've wanted the other kind of more. The kind of more that comes from material posessions and seeming financial security offered by these things. As I type this, I scrunch my nose and cringe at myself.

I've honestly thought this week that If I had 1000 more dollars in the bank, new plates in my cabinet, a larger place to live, a microwave and a printer, a plane ticket to DC, my life would be better. I'd be happy. I'd be less stressed. I'd be content.

Until this verse is called to mind.

"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Cor 4:18

In reading this verse, I was stopped in my tracks. That combined with a freshman guy from a retreat I recently attended.

The guy said "..we don't need fancy cars, new shoes, or a big house to be content. What's the point? The only true contentment comes from God. This is the first time in my life that I've realized it, and I just want more than those other things have to offer."

So, I had a good talk with God and realized, its true. This kid had found the secret and cut me to my heart with something I've known for years but lost sight of. To invest in things that last is true joy! Everything else is temporary. Things are temporary. Living situations are temporary. Prosperity in the economy, furniture, dishes...temporary, temporary, and oh yes..temporary!

Microwaves and printers aside, I want what Jesus serves and have decided I need to see the  temporary as temporary and crave the eternal. That I need to trust God for provision, not stuff. And I need to be content in the joy of the Lord, and not compare myself to other single adults in my age bracket that are better off in those temporary things than me.

Oh that I would have that perspective always!

This blog brought to you by grandmother's old pot that heats stuff up on the stove just great.:)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

45 Year Reunion

I'm currently sitting at Panera (mostly working, but also eavesdropping:) ) Next to me are three men in their 60's, I'd guess. When I first got here, there was just one. We exchanged hellos as I settled into the table next to him. 

"I'm getting ready to see a couple guys I haven't seen in 45 years," he said to me. About three weeks ago, he went to his gym and saw a young guy, about 25, who looked just like his old friend. He asked the young guy what his last name was, and realized it was the son of his long lost high school buddy. 

So that snowballed into this meeting of three 60-something year old men, getting together at Panera on a Tuesday morning. 

Their conversation is funny. "You have kids?"..."Remember that girl? She married some goofy guy from Milwaukee!"... "You're a bookkeeper?"... "How 'bout that football game at the end of our senior year!"... "Remember, when we'd fight people outside that church?"..."Oh yea, that guy Joe! Whatever happened to Joe?!"

As they talk, I've been realizing that all people want connection with other people.

Whether 60 year old men, or the dozens of freshman that are new on campus this week, all are looking for a group to belong in, a friend to talk to, or someone to shoot the breeze with to make this world a less lonely, more meaningful place.

Why is it so important to be connected to people from your past or your present?

Is it because we are made for relationship? Is it because people are realizing in the recession that relationships are more important than success? What do you think?

These thoughts brought to you by Panera Coffee.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Living for more, Feeling like a Kid

Walking through this crazy thing we call life, I am often intrigued. Intrigued by people, situations, books, interactions, humorous encounters, laughable moments, nature, and travels. In all these things, I'm reminded that these are only hints of what is to come.  Recently I was reminded that "what is seen is temporal, what is unseen is eternal." It reminds me that these hints come from The One and Only, the God, Jesus whom I follow. That these instances are reflections from the unseen making there way into this life. And I'm reminded in my heart..yes..the living for More is where I want to be. And I strive to Live for More than is seen by my eyes.

The side note of this is that I am a girl with adventures. These adventures don't always seem adult like, even though I'm 30. And as I learn to live and walk in life, be responsible, be grown-up, I sometimes stop and laugh at how I don't always feel like an adult, but a kid, enjoying life and people, without cares in the world.