Purpose and Gifting…Most of all Understanding

The Richness of Fall

Writing has always been a part of my life. I love words and wanted to do something with them. I have found myself in several fields that did not give me the reward I receive when I write. The older I get, the more I find that being true to oneself is key. What does that mean for many of us? Some people might not understand who they truly are.

As a Christian, I do believe that God gives each individual a purpose and gifts each person with a way to fulfill that purpose. Many of us spend years chasing circles because we either don’t understand or are not willing to listen to advice being given. Generally, young people tend to want to experience everything believing that things change with every generation. I think age has more to do with this perspective – idealistic, enthusiastic, and invincible. Some things change, everything doesn’t.

Well into mid-life, I find that I have come full circle. Even though I need work to pay the bills, I am content with writing. My heartfelt wish in writing is to share understanding about life and traveling life’s journey. Maybe someone reading what I write will be inspired and have that moment of clarity to fulfill what God has in store for them.

When I consider what type of writer I am, I believe my words cause readers to feel. The emotion a reader feels can be used to propel them further into realizing their dreams. While feelings are certainly fleeting, it is important to take what that feeling offers and move forward. For instance, anger has propelled into motion some of the greatest causes for freedom and liberty.

Anger is only one emotion, but used correctly can change a course of events to impact lives for the better. My point is this. As we move forward in our journeys, look to make an impact. Quit circling. I have never believed that I have to experience everything in my life to receive understanding. (I do not have to get burned just to believe the fire is hot.) Understand where you are headed and where you want to go. God is not slack concerning His purpose for your life and when you need additional clarity, He’ll give it to you. It may be in an actual experience, in reading, in listening, in seeing or just plain silence.

NKJV – Proverbs 2:2 – “So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding.”

Family Dynamics

Images of Life

My son has been put on a new medicine that has made a tremendous difference.  Since the last post, he has come some distance from the emotional place he was at.  He still deals with depression; however, daily conversations with him help to let him know I’m here for him.  I remind him that he’s not alone and even when our emotions sometimes take control, we can come back to a place of sharing.  One area that I’m challenged in is listening.  We can hear someone speak to us but are we listening to what they are really saying?  I have to admit that I fall short sometimes.  There are times when I am quick to respond even though I do understand what he’s saying because I may not agree with it or be okay with it.  I have to steady myself and listen until he’s finished saying what he needs to say.  Sometimes I don’t think it’s about whether I agree or not but more about being able to unburden your heart to someone who cares.  That’s not just for him, but all the members of my family.  I think our “emotions” validate us in such a serious way.  I “feel” says I’m alive, whether I’m happy, sad, in pain or joyous. God gave us emotions as tools to balance our lives.  “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:”  (Ephesians 4:26) (The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible, 1982, King James Version).  The point is that our emotions are not supposed to control us.  They may validate us but only in the scope that they help define us when we respond to external and internal stimuli. Our emotions show us what needs to change in our inner selves.  The reason emotions are so important is that the compassion we are supposed to have for our fellow-man would not be possible if we didn’t have emotions.  We just need to have a healthy handle on them.