Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Lessons Learned in 2014

Every year around this time of the year, I take some time to think through the year and the lessons I've learned throughout that year.  Here's my list of 2014 lessons:

Live to the Fullest
1) If you have a vision and a dream to do something meaningful with your life; don't ever give up on that vision but be ready to commit to the journey of seeing that dream to fruition. Visions don't come to fruition overnight.
2) Faithfulness is by far greater than perfection. 
3) Don't underestimate the power of the daily step.  One step at a time, one day at a time.
4) Through seasons of doubt and confusion; just breathe and walk even if it is in the darkness.
5) Good rest is an essential part of surviving and succeeding.
6)  Be careful of dreaming publicly. It is oftentimes better to let others see you walk than to announce your every steps. 
7) Waiting for approval from others will delay and hinder your progress and potential.
8) Relationship is the bridge to reconciliation and healing. Challenge yourself to sit and break bread with those you know the least. 
9) And Grief continued to have its way; so I just let it.
10) Don't rush through any of the steps throughout the journey; surrender, cry, fight, accept, repeat...just let it be; it will not kill you, another season is on the horizon just hold on. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Selective compassion

What started out as an experiment has turned out to be a Christmas day tradition for our family: seek out the un-served homeless and provide them a meal and a piece of clothing to keep them warm. 

I have to admit, this year I was not up to it at all but I joined my husband to fulfilling his mission.  Our first stop was by a group of immigrants looking for work.  We gave them the meals, hats and gloves. Their eyes were filled with gratitude.  My heart was filled with compassion for them.  

At our last stop, my heart was less compassionate: a group of drug addicts. I was shocked by how cold my heart was towards them. The rationale for my position was they would take what we'd give them and sell it to continue their drug habits. 

I want on my rant in our car when one of my sons said "Mom how do you know what they'll do with it? You don't know their lives."  

Well there you have it.  

God has been doing a number on the heart of this humanitarian in 2014.