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Perspective

Beth and I were talking over the weekend about perspective. It amazes me as I get older the more control I lose and the greater perspective I gain. Whether it’s a few moments, days, months or years, our lives, which we like to plan, can come undone.

The world has never been predictable. I was speaking with a friend the other day about the instability which surrounds us. Our political systems, family and community systems, even our environment seems to be spinning out of control. Nothing, if it ever was, is normal nor inevitable.

Last night I read a quote from Eugene Peterson, a pastor, writer, and scholar. He writes;

“The whole of the spiritual life is learning to die.”

This quote resonated with my spirit and experiences over the last several years. Dying takes many forms. Death of all things is a given but we seem to organize our lives as if we might be the ones to escape the fate of everyone else. Death is not a negative word if you’ve learned to die. If you do not hold on treasures and trinkets, live each day as if it’s your last; being kind, grace-filled and loving, never putting off to an uncertain tomorrow what can be done now, in the present moment.

We are but sojourners on this path called life. We are not meant nor built to last for long. With this perspective; how we choose to be today could be how our transient life is remembered tomorrow.

blessings,
@BrianLoging (Twitter)
thewannabesaint.com

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Run Over

Earlier this afternoon I stopped to get a cold drink. The temps today are in the 90’s with humidity close to this mark as well. I exited the truck and began to walk across the parking lot into the restaurant when a small white Chevy truck, moving faster than needed caught my eye. I stopped, he didn’t. I watched as he passed and he stared back at me. I was thankful to have looked before crossing and wondered why he was in such a hurry.

Following my close encounter I reflected on times when people had tried to “run me over.” Moments and seasons when someone had an aim, purpose, goal they wanted to reach and didn’t consider how it impacted those around them. Whether it was an over-powering personality, a self focused agenda, a spirit draining selfishness, their destination was reached at the peril of others.

I also thought about my own pursuits and how, at times, I was more concerned with the journey than my fellow sojourners. Finding the balance between getting where we need to go and being sure our passions and purposes do no harm is important and necessary to ensure we reach our destinations, together.

blessings,
@BrianLoging (Twitter)
thewannabesaint.com

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Asking for Directions or Getting Direction?

“Sometimes people are just asking for direction not needing direction. May we be mindful enough to know the difference.”

Road Sign 1A while ago a car passed by…a couple of times…it was obvious the person driving was lost so when it pulled into our driveway it was no surprise. I stopped what I was doing and walked to meet our guests as a young lady opened the passenger door, met me half way and proceeded to ask where a certain road was located. I pointed her in the right direction, she said “thanks”, hopped back in the car, courtesy wave, and they were gone.

As they drove off I offered a prayer of wisdom and direction for their travels and had an interesting thought.  What if, when she asked for direction, I offered her a metaphysical treatise on life, mortality, the meaning of the universe? How helpful would this have been? Not much. Would I still have gotten my courtesy wave? Probably not.

Often our paths cross with other sojourners for the briefest of moments. How helpful are we? I enjoy, and cringe?, at the quote that says; “that person is so heavenly minded, they’re no earthly good!” Sometimes people are just asking for direction not needing direction. May we be mindful enough to know the difference.

blessings of peace,

bdl

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